The man who inspired Johnny Depp‘s performance in the movie Blow has been released from prison.
TMZ reported that George Jung, the notorious cocaine trafficker responsible for almost 90 percent of the cocaine smuggled into America, is a free man after serving 20 years behind bars for a long list of drug charges. The 71-year-old man was scheduled for released sometime in November but the picture they posted earlier today show that he’s out of prison for the first time since 1994 when he received a 60-year prison sentence. A parole board reduced his sentenced to an early release in 2014.
Jung, a Massachusetts native, started in the drug trade by smuggling marijuana across the country while in college by having his stewardess girlfriend sneak it through airports in her luggage. Eventually, he moved up to cocaine after learning about the trade from his prison cellmate and at one time, he was the richest and most prolific drug traffickers in America. A series of business partner betrayals and sloppy trafficking led to his undoing. Check out the trailer for the movie directed by the late Ted Demme who ironically may have died from cocaine use…
Jung may have been one of the biggest drug smugglers of his time but his story was worth telling. Just like Henry Hill in Goodfellas, Johnny Depp’s character abhorred violence and saw it as an unnecessary evil in the drug trade. Nowadays, violence is all too common among drug cartels and rival drug dealers. If the Nobel Prize people gave out medals for narcotics delivery, Jung would have been the first to get one.