With his connections and influence, George Jung made a living from drug smuggling and often ended behind bars at various correctional facilities. A very intriguing personality, Jung grew from a high school football player to a small scale marijuana smuggler and then a big cocaine kingpin who worked with one of the biggest and most ruthless drug cartels ever.
Prior to making it as a big cocaine smuggler, Jung was just an ordinary marijuana dealer, but a brief stint in prison eventually changed his life and connected him to a notorious drug cartel that became the brain behind almost all the cocaine sneaked into the US between the 70’s and 80’s.
Here are all the interesting facts you should know about the former drug smuggler also known as Boston George or El Americano; he lived most of his life successfully maximizing profit and evading authorities.
George Jung Bio
The former drug kingpin was born George Jacob Jung on August 6, 1942, in Boston to Frederick and Ermine Jung. Raised in Weymouth, Massachusetts, Jung attended Weymouth High School and graduated in 1961. Though he excelled in sports especially in his school’s football team, Jung, however, had poor academic records.
Prior to his drug smuggling days, George had unsuccessfully tried to study advertising at the University of Southern Mississippi. In the bid to make ends meet, he began his marijuana business on a small scale. After being busted with a large quantity of marijuana, Jung eventually landed in jail but that sentence changed his life forever.
While serving his sentence at Danbury prison in Connecticut, Jung by chance got a link which would eventually help start one of the world’s most powerful drug cartels. It was there that he met a Colombian and fellow inmate Carlos Lehder, who later introduced him to cocaine. Both men were released around the same time and after joining the Medellin cartel, they devised easier and evasive ways to smuggle drugs from Colombia into the United States.
In a short while, their cartel which was supplying 80 percent of the world’s cocaine was booming and the market expanded. Though Jung and Lehder eventually fell out as partners, it opened a bigger window of opportunity for Jung to partner with the famous drug lord and narcoterrorist Pablo Escobar.
After being found with several pounds of cocaine in his possession, Jung was arrested but later skipped bail. As expected, he soon went back to his smuggling business and again was caught and sentenced to 60 years in prison. But after a plea bargain to testify against former accomplice Lehder and incriminate the Medellin cartel, George Jung’s sentence was reduced to 20 years. He was released in November 2014 after his two-decade sentence. However, two years later, he was sent right back to a California jail for violating the terms of his parole. The man was eventually released from prison in July 2017 after completing his sentence.
His Wife (Mirtha Jung) and Daughter
From 1977 to 1984 and during his heydays as a drug lord, George Jung had a short-lived marriage to a Columbian woman Mirtha. Mirtha was a drug addict and an accomplice to George in perpetrating some of his drug crimes. She equally spent some years in jail at some point. Their union produced a daughter Kristina Sunshine Jung born on August 1, 1978.
The drug smuggler has had a long-strained relationship with his daughter, who can’t seem to totally forgive him for his conspicuous absence and legacy in her life. Since after his release from jail in 2014, he has tried to make up for his wrongdoings. One of Jung’s current life priorities is to smoothen the broken relationship between them and do right by her. The duo who has been seen together at public events and functions has so far made progress in rekindling their relationship.
The infamous cocaine smuggler is now married to his partner, Ronda Clay Spinello Jung. The pair also has a child together – a daughter Clara Pearson.
Jung’s Net Worth
Between the 1970s and 1980s, the former cocaine smuggler amassed a fortune for himself and lived the good life from his drug business. His status as a celebrity has been established given that he has been involved in a few money-making ventures. Not only does he have a self-published book, there is also Ted Demme’s biopic Blow, based on Jung’s life and crimes.
The biopic starring Jonny Depp and Penelope Cruz was released in 2001. Though actor Johnny made frequent prison visits while making the movie in order to portray the former drug trafficker’s character properly, Jung only got to see the movie almost 20 years after its release. While he is no longer in his heydays as a drug dealer, George Jung has his net worth estimated at $10,000.
Cause of Death, Is He Dead?
There have been reports about Jung’s death while he was in and out of prison. But they were just rumors as the former cocaine smuggler is still hale and hearty. For a man who regards himself as the high priest of cocaine, George appears to have aged well despite consuming large quantities of drugs in his lifetime.
With presumably little or no regrets about his life, Jung has learned some life lessons and hopes to make the best of his remaining time. While the ex-cocaine kingpin seems to have retired from his former ways, it is only time that will tell if he’ll be able to stay clean.