Escobar's Dead End

Police killed Colombia's most notorious drug baron, but the cocaine trade lives

When the elite force that had been hunting Colombia's most notorious drug trafficker for more than 16 months stormed a two-story house last Thursday afternoon in Medellin and shot Pablo Escobar Gaviria dead, the wave of jubilation that swept much of the country began with the raiders themselves. "We won!" they shouted, as they raised their guns over the drug lord's body. Amid all the commotion, few remarked that at the moment he was killed, the man who had spent a year and a half running from the world's largest manhunt wasn't wearing any shoes. In dying barefoot, Pablo Escobar exited...

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