George Jacob Jung, nicknamed Boston George and El Americano, was an American drug trafficker and smuggler.
18 Facts About George Jung
George Jung was a major figure in the United States cocaine trade during the 1970s and early 1980s.
George Jung was sentenced to 70 years in prison in 1984 on conspiracy charges, but was released in 2014.
George Jung was portrayed by Johnny Depp in the biopic Blow.
George Jung was born on August 6,1942, in Weymouth, Massachusetts, to Frederick Jung, who owned a small business, and Ermine Jung.
In high school, George Jung was a star football player and was described by his classmates as "a natural leader", but was charged by an undercover police officer for solicitation of prostitution.
George Jung began recreationally using marijuana and sold a portion of everything he bought to break even.
In 1967, after meeting with a childhood friend, George Jung realized the enormous profit potential represented by smuggling the cannabis he bought in California back to New England.
George Jung initially had his stewardess girlfriend transport the drugs in her suitcases on flights.
George Jung had been staying at the Playboy Club, where he was to meet a connection who would pick up the marijuana.
The connection was arrested for heroin smuggling; however, he informed the authorities about George Jung to get a reduced sentence.
In 1994, George Jung was arrested with 1,754 pounds of cocaine in Topeka, Kansas.
George Jung later pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiracy and received a 70-year sentence; his sentence was reduced to nearly 20 years after he testified against his ex-partner Carlos Lehder.
George Jung was incarcerated at Otisville Federal Prison, in Mount Hope, New York, then was transferred to Federal Correctional Institution, Fort Dix, New Jersey, then was transferred to Federal Correctional Institution, La Tuna, in Anthony, Texas.
George Jung was due to be released in November 2014, but was released early, on June 2,2014, after nearly 20 years.
In September 2014, Jung contributed to the novel Heavy with T Rafael Cimino, nephew of film director Michael Cimino.
Heavy is a fictional story about George Jung escaping from a Cuban prison and fleeing to Guatemala.
George Jung had been suffering from liver and kidney failure and was receiving hospice care when he died on May 5,2021, at his Weymouth, Massachusetts home.