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Former CIA Agents Find Submarine In Search For Pablo Escobar's Missing Millions

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Former CIA Agents Find Submarine In Search For Pablo Escobar's Missing Millions

Fans of Narcos will be familiar with the story of Pablo Escobar, the Colombian drug lord who led the brutal Medellin cartel and, for a time, was arguably the most powerful man in the South American country.

A show on Discovery TV, Finding Escobar's Millions, shows former CIA agents searching for Escobar's lost fortune - and reportedly unveiling the site of one of his lost submarines, according to the Daily Mail.

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The drug lord hid his vast wealth around Colombia before his death in 1993, and had those who did it for him killed in order to keep the locations secret.

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In a video uploaded to YouTube by the channel, investigators detail how Escobar used submarines to evade law enforcement and carry up to '2,000 kilograms of cocaine into the waters off of Puerto Rico'.

The former CIA team dived down to the seabed in the area of Puerto Rico where they were searching for one of Escobar's submarines. They found a large metal box which they hoped might be full of bounty, but it ultimately contained nothing of value.

At the zenith of Escobar's supremacy, he was one of the most powerful men in the world. His smugglers would use the submarines to evade law enforcement before offloading the cargo, then loading it onto speed boats and transport it to Miami.

During the show, local men took the agents to the site where the submarine would surface during Escobar's drug-trafficking days, at which point they sent divers to see what was down there.

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The agents searching for Escobar's reported £50bn may have been aided in their quest by a storm which shifted the earth on the seabed, revealing one of his submarine's locations for the first time.

Escobar was portrayed by Brazilian actor Wagner Maniçoba de Moura in Narcos. Credit: Netflix
Escobar was portrayed by Brazilian actor Wagner Maniçoba de Moura in Narcos. Credit: Netflix

At the height of its power, Escobar's Medellin Cartel brought in over £50m a day from its drug empire, spending over £700 per week on rubber bands alone to wrap the stacks of cash it was earning from sales, as depicted in the popular Netflix series Narcos.

After spending time in - and escaping - the La Catedral prison, Escobar was shot by police on 2 December 1993, having evaded them for some time. Though feared throughout Colombia and seen as an enemy by states such as the USA, he was very popular in Medellin, in part because of the sheer amounts of money he gave to the poor - which was always likely to boost his status among the city's populace.

Topics: Television, TV and Film, Colombia, Pablo Escobar, UK Entertainment, Drugs, US Entertainment, Narcos

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