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Pablo Escobar is something of a legend. Whether that’s a good legend or a bad, notoriously awful one depends largely on whether you lived in Colombia during his tenure as the seventh-richest man in the world due to his nasty little habit of being the world’s biggest cocaine dealer.
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During Colombia’s presidential election in 1989, three of the six candidates for the highest office were assassinated, believed to be the work of Escobar’s men. Politicians who spoke out against the Medellin drug cartels were dropping at a rate of about one a day at one point, making it clear who ran the country. It was not a benevolent dictatorship at all.
The sitting president at the time, Virgilio Barco, announced he’d allow drug traffickers to be extradited to the United States to face trial for their work, shipping literal tons of cocaine and other drugs north and fueling rates of addiction and death in North America.