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The broken lives of drug lords

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Far from Netflix glamour

The broken lives of drug lords

Mountains of debt despite tons of deals with cocaine, dirty sheds instead of magnificent palaces, a death in jail or in the gutter – the most powerful drug lords in the world almost always end up in pretty bad shape.


Was shot dead by a special operations team in Medellín while trying to escape: drug lord Pablo Escobar.


Celine Trachselreporter

The case of the Colombian coke dealer, who is being brought before a court in Basel, shows impressively that drug dealing is a dirty business. Alvaro H.* (47), who belonged to the senior staff in the Colombian “Clan del Golfo”, had to sell drugs himself here in Switzerland to make ends meet.

He had debt enforcement and was sometimes even registered with the social welfare office. He had sent too much money abroad, so he lived in a run-down property in Basel, where only welfare cases operate. And even this rent he sometimes owed.

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