George Jung Released From Prison; Drug Kingpin Inspired the Movie Blow

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George Jung - the inspiration for the 2001 Johnny Depp movie Blow - has been released from prison after nearly 20 years behind bars.

George Jung

Now 71 years old, Jung was one of the biggest drug dealers of the 1970s, graduating from smuggling pounds of marijuana across international borders via private plane to trafficking cocaine in cooperation with Pablo Escobar's Medellin cartel.

Jung evaded capture on several occasions and skipped bail following his arrest in 1987. After several years of staying "clean," Jung was arrested in Topeka, Kansas with nearly 1800 pounds of cocaine.

He was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison and just yesterday was released to an undisclosed halfway house on the West Coast. 

In addition to Blow - which has become something of a cult classic in the 13 years since its release - Jung is featured heavily in the 2006 documentary Cocaine Cowboys. 

Jung has yet to speak with the press and there is no word yet on how the former kingpin plans to spend his retirement years post-prison but many have speculated that he will author a book about his experiences.