DEA agents who inspired 'Narcos' on their way to NZ

Morning Talk 06/12/2018

The United States DEA agents who took down drug lord Pablo Escobar are on their way to New Zealand.

Agents Steve Murphy and Javier Pena were part of the largest, most complex, multi-national, multi-jurisdiction, and high profile investigation of its time..

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

"We call [Escobar] the inventor of Narco terrorism," Mr Murphy said.

"He killed thousands and thousands of innocent people just who got in his way."

Working with an elite Colombian Task Force, this was the first time an entire international drug cartel was taken down and completely dismantled.

The DEA duo is coming to Wellington for an evening discussing their role in the takedown of the undisputed “king of cocaine”, and the Cali cartel. The evening’s discussion will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Tickets for all shows go on sale at 12pm on Thursday, November 29. My Live Nation members can secure tickets first during the exclusive pre-sale beginning at 10am, November 28. For complete tour and ticketing details, visit:

Listen to the full interview with Steve Murphy and Javier Pena above.

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