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Published on Oct 13, 2015
Pablo Escobar was the mastermind of drug trafficking and narco terrorism in Colombia during the 1980s. He transformed the city of Medellin into the cocaine capital of the world, and pioneered a model that almost every major criminal organization would later adopt.
Countries around the globe are still grappling with the aftermath of Escobar's reign 20 years after his death, from the hired killers he trained as his army of underage hitmen to the remote cocaine labs and clandestine air strips in the jungles of Peru helping feed the world's hunger for coke.
In the last part of our series we embed with the Peruvian National Police into the Upper-Huallaga, once the main coca supplier region to the Medellin Cartel. The Huallaga inherited a conflict that lasts up to 2015, when locals stills struggle to find new crops that substitute the traditional coca economy.