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  1. I don’t know specifics, but I do know this….he did not use cocaine. He trafficked it and treated the trafficking of it like a business. By not being an addict or occasional user of his own product (which could easily turn into addiction) he was able to create the empire he did. That’s why he remained successful at it for the length of time he was.

    I don’t want to say this with 100% certainty, but it is said he did heroin when he was much younger, way before he was head of the Medellin cartel.

  2. I’m basing this on the conversations I had with people who actually knew Escobar. He was stoned a lot [on marijuana], and when he was stoned and relaxed he would tell stories. For instance, Roberto Uribe, who was one of his lawyers, said that at one point Escobar told him how, as a young man, he’d go into banks all by himself and rob them, but be very polite, like he was enjoying himself. It was his way of demonstrating how cool he was, how in control he was, how he could handle fear.

    He wasn’t much of a cocaine user, but he did smoke a lot of grass.
    I believe that’s true, yes.

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