George Jung met Richard Barile for the first time after he moved from Boston to California. Barile was at that moment the most popular male hairdresser on Manhattan Beach and probably also it’s biggest supplier of marijuana. Using his Mexican smuggler connections, Barile was able to supply large quantities of soft drugs and George knew exactly were the demand was: back home on the East Coast! Smuggling marijuana hidden in the luggage of a stewardess friend, George started making more money then he had ever seen in his life. And Richard Barile’s connections were happy to increase their supplies of marijuana.
Becoming real business men, Richard Barile and George Jung concluded however that they were taking a lot of risks, while their suppliers were making the big bucks. This has to stop and soon Jung and Barile crossed the border with Mexico to find their own source of cheap marijuana. They succeeded to make a very lucrative deal with some local farmers and started flying in the drugs to California with a small private (and stolen!) airplane. From there, George drove several camper cars back to the East Coast, fully packed with cannabis.
Richard Barile and the Medellin Cartel
When the war on drugs intensified, first Jung and after Lehder got arrested on different drug smuggling accusations. Soon after, the Medillin Cartel collapsed with the death of Pablo Escobar.
Together with other members of the Medellin Cartel, Richard Barile got prosecuted as well on charges of the distribution of drugs in the United States.