Capturing Pablo

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Capturing Pablo

An Evening with Javier Pena & Steve Murphy

For an exclusive one night only, step into the world of the two US DEA agents who were instrumental in the take down of the undisputed “king of cocaine”, Pablo Escobar.

The actions of Javier Pena and Steve Murphy were the inspiration for the hugely popular Netflix crime series, Narcos, which tells the story of Colombia’s infamous drug cartels and Pablo Escobar's fight to maintain his position as the most powerful player.

Capturing Pablo will see Pena and Murphy speak about the rise and fall of the Medellin Cartel and the role they played in bringing down its notorious leader. Including exclusive stories and images not seen in the documentary, this event gives Narcos fans, and those interested in Pablo Escobar, the opportunity to hear first-hand from the two men who were key in his capture. The evening’s discussion will also shed light on their input into the hit Netflix series and will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar was the wealthiest, most powerful and violent criminal of the 20th Century. In collaborating with drug traffickers to form the Medellin Cartel, he eventually controlled more than 80% of all the cocaine distributed in the US. Escobar's ruthless tactics allowed him to operate with impunity throughout South America, and he was responsible for the deaths of three Colombian Presidential candidates, an Attorney General, several Justice Ministers, more than 200 judges, more than 1,000 police officers, an unknown number of competing drug traffickers and perceived enemies, and countless innocent people caught in the crossfire.

Javier Pena was raised in Kingsville, Texas. In 1984 he joined the DEA. Four years after the Retired Special Agent in Charge volunteered for an assignment in Bogota, Colombia. It was there that Pena and his partner, Special Agent Steve Murphy, set out to bring down the Medellin drug cartel and its leader Pablo Escobar. Pena was awarded Colombia’s highest honour for his efforts, and received commendation awards from the DEA and the wider international community. He is regarded as an expert on the subject of the Medellin Cartel.

Steve Murphy commenced his career as a police officer in 1975 in Bluefield, West Virginia. In 1987 Murphy joined the DEA as a Special Agent and was assigned to Miami, Florida where the cocaine trade was exploding. In 1991 Special Agent Murphy was transferred to Columbia. It was in Bogota that Murphy, with partner Pena, targeted the notorious narco-terrorist Escobar and his powerful Medellin Cartel. Murphy received multiple honours and awards during his career, including ‘DEA Special Agent of the Year’ and the ‘Distinguished Service Cross’ from the Republic of Colombia.

Pena and Murphy were part of the largest, most complex, multi-national, multi-jurisdiction, and high profile investigation of its time. Working with an elite Colombian Task Force, this was the first time an entire international drug Cartel was taken down and completely dismantled. Don’t miss this exclusive one-off opportunity to hear directly from them in an intimate environment.


Thursday 13 July, 7:30pm


Hamer Hall


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