As Medellin Shakes Its Drug Habit...Ken Dermota
What does a city do when its best known businessman falls in a hail of police bullets? If that city is Medellin, it breathes a sigh of relief and looks forward to better times. On Dec. 2, 1993, cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar finally was hunted down, ending a reign of narcoterrorismo that included countless bombings, murders, and kidnappings--but that also brought a flood of cash. During his heyday, a saying was often heard around town: "Medellin may be doing poorly, but the economy is doing fine." With Escobar dead and the Medellin cartel broken up, local industrialists figured the city would really take off.
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