The Fallout After Pablo Escobar:”El Zar de la Cocaína”


Pablo Escobar was a notorious criminal kingpin in the South American nation of Colombia who lead one of the most profitable drug rings in the world during the 1980s that provided 80% of all the cocaine that entered the United States. Escobar’s phenomenal success with his Medellin Cartel established himself as one of the most richest and powerful icons of criminal enterprise of all time. Despite the astronomical power the Colombian kingpin possessed, he would become a victim of his own avarice greed and hubris. The ensuing years after Escobar’s death at the hands of law enforcement was met with the disintegration of the Medellin cartel  and the sad remainder of what was once the most powerful cartel in the Americas has been reduced to ruins. The fall of Escobar and his cartel show not only how some of the most powerful and feared empires can be reduced to mere ruins but how the collapse of an empire can leave a waking impact.

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Escobar during his peak of power was considered to be one of the most dangerous men on Earth and was keen on silencing those who openly opposed him.

The Colombian cartel leader became one of the most recognized figures throughout his nation but the drastic contrast between his actions of charity and brutality proved to divide the nation for years on how this drug emperor should be viewed. On one hand, Escobar’s notoriously brutal attacks on his enemies and his later escapades of mass murders and terrorist attacks labeled him as a public menace while his charitable actions for the poverty-stricken communities painted the “narco” as a patron saint of the poor disenfranchised people of Colombia. To this day there is an apparent divide in how the people of Colombia should view this one man who had made such a historical impact on their country. Escobar himself tried to have himself viewed as the loved leader, the emperor that the people would support, but most people would eventually learn fear him and his ruthlessness. It was after his death that this stark contrast of support and despise that truly divided the people of Colombia well after the fall of this drug emperor.

A flag marks the entrance to Barrio Pablo Escobar in Medellin, Colombia

Escobar’s legacy varies from respect to hate. This neighborhood, Barrio Pablo Escobar, was named after the kingpin for his charitable deeds for the poor community.

After the death of Pablo Escobar his empire, The Medellin Cartel, fell into ruins leaving numerous cartels to assume control of the fragmented remains. Similar to previously fallen empires, the Medellin Cartel had ruled over Colombia without any major opposition prior to their collapse as Escobar managed complete control over all aspects of his empire with little toleration for inadequacies. It was not until the Medellin Cartel lost its imposing emperor that the organization became disorganized and incapable of governing itself because the cartel had never fully anticipated the death of their leader.  What eventually started as a uniform drug empire became a shatterbelt of lower levels drug federations, cartels, and gangs that constantly brought bloody gang conflicts to the streets of Colombia in a desperate attempt to grasp at whatever plunders of Escobar’s empire that were left amidst the ruins.

The repercussions behind the demise of one of Colombia’s most influential figureheads  has not only left the streets running with blood from gang warfare but has also left the average citizens to stand divided for decades.


Documentary on the life/death of Pablo Escobar:





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