State of Play: The Real Story Behind Netflix’s Narcos

Javier Peña
Former DEA Agent

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The Author is Javier Peña

Javier Peña joined the DEA in 1984 and started working in Bogota, Colombia, four years later. There, he participated in the successful manhunt for narcotics kingpin Pablo Escobar. After the death of Escobar, Peña continued to serve in the DEA in Puerto Rico, Texas, and Colombia again. He retired in 2014 as special agent in charge of the Houston division. Peña's involvement in the manhunt of Escobar is portrayed in the Netflex series "Narcos."

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