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Nicolás Escobar, the nephew of infamous drugs baron Pablo Escobar, says he had “a vision” that led him to a £14m stash of his uncle’s cash.
Pablo Escobar ruled over a cocaine smuggling empire that was worth billions. At its peak his Medellín Cartel was responsible for around 80% of the USA’s cocaine supply and Escobar himself was listed on the Forbes list of global billionaires for seven years.
At the peak of his career Escobar was said to be the seventh richest person on Earth.
Escobar hid money and weapons in dozens of safe-houses across Colombia. His nephew Nicolás said this isn’t the first time he has found hidden cash.
He told Colombian TV channel Red+ Noticias that he found various other items hidden in the secret compartment behind a wall, including a typewriter, satellite phones, gold pen, a camera and a roll of film from a camera.
He said he was led to the hidden stash by a vision: "Every time I sat in the dining room and looked towards the car park, I saw a man entering the place and disappearing.”
He described the smell of Escobar’s secret hidey-hole as “astonishing.” he said it was a smell “a hundred times worse than something that had died.”
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Nicolás, who had been living in the flat for give years, said that many of the banknotes had rotted away and were no longer usable.
He also described how he would often travel with his uncle, and was once kidnapped by rival gangsters trying to track the drug kingpin down: "I was tortured for seven hours. Two of my workers were attacked with a chainsaw.”
After he was arrested in 1991, Pablo Escobar was housed in a prison, nicknamed The Cathedral, that he partially designed himself. From there he continued to oversee his cartel’s drugs operations.
Pablo Escobar’s net worth, by the time of his death in a 1993 police shootout, was estimated to be $30billion, equivalent to $59billion (£46bn) today.
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