In 1991, one of the world’s most prolific drug traffickers fled Colombia to Bolivia where he went into hiding. A team of Bolivian Leopardos with American advisors from the DEA and Navy SEALs raided the ranch house at the CIA’s request. After making entry, they found cups of coffee on the table that were still warm. The counter-narcotics team had just missed the notorious Colombian drug lord named Pablo Escobar.
From a foreign policy standpoint, pressure was building within the United States government to capture Escobar, a man who has since been glorified and entered into mythology with the help of folks song, movies, and even a Netflix series. Special Operations Command-South was involved in planning a number of capture/kill missions that targeted Escobar after the raid in Bolivia forced him back into Colombia. On several occasions JSOC launched personnel, logistics, and assets into Colombia only to result in mission failure.
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