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Imagine living in a foreign country where you are advising and coordinating 600 law enforcement and military personnel from various organizations, all of whom are responsible for pursuing the world’s wealthiest and most violent criminal and his organization. Now, imagine performing those duties with a $300,000 bounty on your head. That was the life lived by Steve Murphy and Javier Peña, the two now-retired DEA Special Agents responsible for the downfall and capture of the infamous drug cartel leader, Pablo Escobar.
On Friday, November 22nd, Murphy and Peña join the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches for a noon event at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, where they provide a behind-the-scenes look at how they brought down Escobar in the largest, most complex, multi-national, and high profile investigation of the time. They discuss the life-threatening challenges they faced and the innovative strategies they employed to successfully end Escobar’s reign of terror. In addition, they discuss today’s opioid crisis, bringing their invaluable experience on the front lines of the war on drugs over the last 30 years.
Murphy and Peña consult on Netflix’s Narcos and Drug Lords, National Geographic’s Facing Escobar, and the History Channel’s Kingpins, all of which were inspired by their story and on which they served as subject matter experts. They have also authored the book, MANHUNTERS – based on their firsthand experiences and the DEA’s recently de-classified files on the search for Escobar. Copies of their book was available for pre-order on the Forum Club’s website and was available for purchase at the event thanks to a partnership with the Palm Beach Bookstore.