June 21, 1991 |
The surrender of Pablo Escobar, the billionaire king of coke, has suddenly changed the nature of Colombia's drug war from an anti-terrorist campaign to a battle in the courts. But few believe it will put an immediate crimp in the flow of cocaine from this top-producer nation to the United States and Europe. Colombian and U.S. officials say this is because Bogota's "drug war" was never primarily a war against drugs, but a war against violence.
February 16, 1993 |
Police blamed cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar for a double car bombing in central Bogota on Monday that killed four people, injured dozens more and wrecked numerous buildings and cars. The bombs exploded within minutes of each other in busy commercial areas, showering passersby with glass and setting fire to parked cars. Police estimated that each contained about 110 pounds of dynamite. Gen.
September 24, 1989 |
Two captured men have confessed to killing a popular presidential candidate, the army says, and a congressional leader said he was contacted by Colombia's two most notorious drug lords with a new offer to negotiate. Bogota's half a dozen daily newspapers quoted an army general Saturday as saying the army now knows who hired the alleged assassins of Sen. Luis Carlos Galan, whose Aug. 18 killing led the government to declare war on drug traffickers. But Gen.
June 20, 1991 |
Pablo Escobar started out as a teen-age entrepreneur reselling tombstones he had stolen from a cemetery and sanded flat. Keeping one step ahead of the police, he became the world's most violent and successful cocaine merchant--and Colombia's most wanted criminal. It was more than ingenuity and ruthlessness that fostered Escobar's rise from small-time hood to cocaine king.
August 14, 1992 |
Pablo Escobar, a fugitive Colombian drug cartel kingpin, and an associate reputed to be his chief assassin were indicted Thursday on federal charges of conspiring to plant the bomb that blew an Avianca Airlines jetliner out of the sky over Colombia in 1989, killing 110 people, including two U.S. citizens.
August 29, 1992 |
More than a month after cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar escaped from a luxurious jail where he spent a year rebuilding his drug trafficking organization, Colombian officials still are playing a bitter blame game over the fiasco. Senior officials close to President Cesar Gaviria claim that their subordinates failed to inform them that Escobar was taking over his prison outside Medellin.
July 27, 1992 |
Drug lord Pablo Escobar apparently disguised himself as a woman and promised soldiers huge sums of money when he escaped from prison last week, according to an army report published in newspapers Sunday. The report by the army's 4th Brigade said five soldiers helped Escobar past the jail's gates and electrified fences. It said the soldiers are in custody and have confessed.
July 23, 1992 |
Drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and his lieutenants overpowered guards seeking to transfer them from their luxury prison to a military jail and escaped Wednesday after a gun battle that left two guards dead, officials said. The escape of Escobar, one of the world's richest and most notorious men and a suspect in hundreds of murders, was a major blow to the government, which has been unable to counter the strength of the cocaine cartels.
August 31, 1989 |
A British television station reported Wednesday that 11 British mercenaries were involved in an unsuccessful attempt in June to kill Pablo Escobar, a reputed Colombian cocaine baron. Independent Television News said the men were hired by a rival drug gang to kill Escobar, said to be a leader of the Medellin cartel. The report did not name the rival gang.
November 28, 1989 |
A Colombian jetliner crashed on the outskirts of Bogota shortly after takeoff Monday, and all 107 people aboard were killed. A caller to a radio station claimed drug traffickers bombed the jet. Witnesses said the Avianca Airlines Boeing 727 exploded before it plunged into a hilly area south of the capital, about a mile from a neighborhood of slum houses and factories. Pieces of the jet were found up to six miles from the main point of impact, police said.