George Jung Arrested, in Jail for Violating Parole

By Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
December 8, 2016 Updated: December 8, 2016

George Jung, the infamous cocaine smuggler, has been thrown back in jail, two years after he was released from prison.

Jung, whose life was immortalized in the 2001 Johnny Depp film “Blow,” had served 20 years in prison for drug running before he was released in June 2014.

But according to a TMZ report on Thursday, the 74-year-old was sent to jail for violating his parole. Unnamed sources told the website that he traveled to San Diego to appear at an event, but he couldn’t get a hold of his parole officer.

When he returned home to Sacramento, he was arrested. TMZ reported that Jung allegedly blamed his manager for the mishap.

Jail records show that he was booked at the Sacramento County jail on Dec. 6, and he’s not eligible for bail due to his record.

This means he’ll have to stay incarcerated until his next court date, which was not listed in the report.

He had been part of the Colombian Medillin Cartel, which at one time, was responsible for 85 percent of the cocaine smuggled into the United States.

Jung was arrested in 1994 after he was arrested with 1,754 pounds of the drug in Topeka, Kansas, before pleading guilty to three counts of conspiracy. He got a 60-year sentence, but only served just under 20 years.