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How Pablo Escobar's Legacy of Violence Drives Today's Cartel Wars - Trailer

Countries around the globe are still grappling with the aftermath of Pablo Escobar's reign 30 years after his death. Our upcoming special takes a look at the new cartel wars and the druglord's lasting influence.​

by VICE Staff
Sep 23 2015, 6:20pm

Pablo Escobar was the mastermind of drug trafficking and narco terrorism in Colombia during the 1980s. He transformed the city of Medellin into the cocaine capital of the world, and pioneered a model that almost every major criminal organization would later adopt.

Countries around the globe are still grappling with the aftermath of Escobar's reign 30 years after his death, from the hired killers he trained as his army of underage hitmen to the remote cocaine labs and clandestine air strips in the jungles of Peru helping feed the world's hunger for coke.

In our upcoming, three-part VICE special, we take an exclusive look at the new cartel wars and the legacy left behind by Escobar. Part one premieres Monday, September 28.