George Jacob Jung, also known as Boston George, was one of the biggest cocaine smugglers ever. In the 1970s and early 1980s Jung was a member of the famous Medellin Cartel, which was responsible for over 85 percent of all the cocaine on the US market. George Jung was the mastermind behind the large scale smuggling of this cocaine from Colombia to the USA.
Jung became famous to the big public in 2001 after his life story was portrayed in the hit movie “Blow”, starring Johnny Depp as Jung and Penélope Cruz as Jung’s Colombian wife. To get familiar with his movie character, Johnny Deb visited Jung in federal prison.
George Jung Biography
George Jung was born on August 6, 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts (USA) and after raised by his parents in Weymouth, a small town close to the big city. His father, a German immigrant, was named Christian Frederick Jung while his mother’s name was Ermine.
After graduating from from Weymouth High School in 1961, George went to the University of Southern Mississippi to study advertising. It’s at this time that he started using marijuana on a recreational basis. Coming from an average income family, he didn’t have the money to pay for these soft drugs and so he decided to start dealing part of the marijuana that he bought.
George never completed his university studies. Instead, he and his childhood friend ”Tuna” decided to travel to Los Angeles, where a new world opened up for them. The beaches of California were a paradise, that these two New England guys had never seen before: sun, beach parties, sexy women and cheap marijuana everywhere. George felt at home immediately!
It didn’t take long before George started making friends in California. Most people loved this charming guy from Boston with his funny East Coast accent. And soon his Californian friends gave him the nickname ”Boston George”.
One of George’s new friends was called Richard Barile, who ran a popular hair salon on Manhattan Beach. But apart from that, he was also one of the biggest marijuana dealers on the beaches of California. Barile knew the right people who could supply him with unlimited amounts of marijuana. Ambitious as he was, George saw an opportunity and he convinced Richard Barile to go in business together. He realized the huge potential of smuggling the cannabis from California back to New England on the East Coast, where prices were much higher.
It sounded like a perfect plan. George asked a stewardess friend to smuggle the marijuana back to Boston in her suitcase. Drugs were not a big problem in the USA back then and security checks on airports were almost non existing, especially for airport personnel. The plan worked perfectly and the stewardess never got caught. However, in search for even more profit, George decided to use a camper car to transport even larger amounts of marijuana to New England. This ended however in 1974 when he got arrested during one of these transports. He got sentenced for smuggling 660 pounds (or 300 kilos) of cannabis and was send to prison.
George had to go to Danbury prison, where his cell mate was Carlos Lehder, who introduced him to the Medellin cartel after his release. On a quest for even more profit, George started smuggling cocaine from Colombia to the United States for Pablo Escobar and his Medellin Cartel. George made millions off these operations being only the middle man. It was not uncommon that he made 15 million dollar a run.
George got married with a Colombian girl named Mirtha and soon they got a daughter together, named Kristina Jung. But in 1987, when Kristina was only 1 year old, George got arrested at his home. They were going to put him behind bars for a 10 years sentence, but George skipped bail and flee out of the country. Very soon however, George got involved in another deal and was arrested again in Florida by the DEA. He got betrayed by a long time friend, who unbeknownst to him was working for the DEA.
Currently George Jung is incarnated in the Federal Correctional Institute in Texas, after a transfer from Otisville Federal Prison, New York. His projected release date is November 27, 2014.
Last but not least, we would like to mention some interesting external websites about George Jung. Firstly, we found that George Jung’s wiki page is a great source of information. And secondly, georgejung.com, which is George Jung’s official website, is also worth a visit. It’s not a great source of information but an e-commerce website founded by George himself and his friend Francois Garcia. The website mainly sells clothing under the brands Smuggler Wear and Boston George.
George Jung release date
The following counter helps us count down to George Jung’s release date from prison, which should be November 27, 2014. It’s still a long way to go. So let’s hope that George will be released sooner. I think we can all agree that he has served more then his time!