DEA Agents Who Inspired Netflix's "Narcos" Visit Mankato
Law enforcement officers gathered in Mankato this week at the Southern Minnesota Investigators Conference and had two special guest speakers attend as well.
The DEA agents responsible for taking down Pablo Escobar and the Medellin Cartel spoke to over 400 officers Tuesday at the Verizon Center in Mankato.
The hit Netflix show "Narcos" is based on agents Javier Pena and Steve Murphy's experiences with one of the most dangerous drug lords in history.
"Along the way people would say 'hey you guys need to write a book, you need to do a movie,' well that's not what this is all about," said Murphy. "This was an investigation, it was one investigation, it was a really big investigation but it was still an investigation. Once the Medellin cartel was decimated, we moved onto the next case, it's as simple as that."
The agents waited over twenty years before approving their story to be told because they didn't want an inaccurate portrayal of Escobar.
"One of our conditions of this was that Pablo Escobar was not going to be glamorized," said Pena."This was not part of what we're doing, he was not a glamorous person, in fact he was probably one of the world's most mass murderers. He killed between ten and fifteen thousand innocent people."
Pena and Murphy retired from the DEA in 2013 and now tour the country speaking to groups.