SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — After his June release from prison, George Jung, a notorious drug smuggler whose life story was made into the film “Blow” starring Johnny Depp, is finishing his supervised parole in a San Francisco suburb and promoting a book he co-authored that chronicles his life in the cocaine trade.San Francisco Bay Area Residents Prepare For California's 'COVID Independence Day'
In late spring, the 71-year-old Jung was interviewed at San Francisco International Airport by a TMZ reporter, after Jung was released from the Fort Dix federal correction institution in New Jersey where he spent 20 years behind bars.
Nicknamed “Boston George,” Jung became a member of the infamous Medellín Cartel, an organization responsible for much of the cocaine smuggled into the U.S. in the late 1970s and 1980s.READ MORE: COVID Recovery: Businesses Hoping End Of COVID-19 Restrictions Will Bring Crowds Back To Ferry Building
Jung partnered with screenwriter T. Rafael Cimino to write “Heavy,” a sequel to “Blow,” with further stories from Jung’s life and criminal career. Reportedly, Hollywood producers are already expressing interest.
In a recent online radio interview with hosts Boyd & Lucinda, Jung expressed remorse for his criminal activities, telling the interviewer his motivations were not about the money.
“It was about the thrill,” Jung said. “I was basically a thrill junkie.”MORE NEWS: California Drought: Healdsburg Bans Sprinklers; Sets Personal Water Use To 74 Gallons A Day
When asked if he has any advice to young people, attracted by the money or thrill of drug-running, Jung said simply, “Don’t break the law. It’s not worth it.”