George Jung Biography: Death, Wife, Child, Age, Net Worth, Height, Twitter

Posted By Johnson Ajiboye March 5, 2024

George Jung, also known as Boston George and El Americano, gained notoriety as an American drug trafficker and smuggler.

He played a significant role in the United States cocaine trade during the 1970s and early ’80s.

With his partner Carlos Lehder, Jung operated as part of the infamous Medellín Cartel, smuggling cocaine into the United States. Johnny Depp also portrayed the intriguing life of George Jung in the biopic Blow (2001).


  • Full Name: George Jacob Jung
  • Nickname: Boston George, El Americano
  • Date of Birth: August 6, 1942
  • Age: 79 years old (at the time of death)
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of Birth: Weymouth, Massachusetts, U.S.
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Former drug trafficker and smuggler
  • Height: N/A
  • Parents: Frederick Jung (father), Ermine Jung (mother)
  • Siblings: N/A
  • Spouse: Mirtha Calderon (divorced)
  • Children: 1
  • Relationship Status: N/A
  • Net Worth: $100 million

Early Life and Education

George Jacob Jung was born on August 6, 1942, in Weymouth, Massachusetts. He was raised by his parents, Frederick and Ermine Jung.

George’s father owned a small business, providing a stable upbringing for him. Growing up, George Jung exhibited natural leadership qualities, which earned him recognition among his classmates.

He was a star football player during his high school years at Weymouth High School.

After graduating from Weymouth High School in 1961, Jung briefly attended the University of Southern Mississippi.

However, he dropped out without completing his studies, shifting his focus towards other ventures. It was during this time that Jung began experimenting with marijuana use and discovered its profit potential.

Personal Life

In terms of personal relationships, George Jung was married to Mirtha Calderon. However, they eventually divorced. George and Mirtha had a daughter named Kristina Jung.

However, there is limited public information available regarding his daughter. George Jacob Jung has largely kept his personal life, including details about his family, private.


George Jung’s career took an illicit turn when he recognized the lucrative opportunity of smuggling cannabis from California to New England.

Initially, Jung relied on his flight attendant girlfriend to transport the drugs using her suitcases on flights.

Seeking greater profits, he expanded his operation to include smuggling drugs from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, utilizing stolen aeroplanes and professional pilots.

At the zenith of his operation, it was reported that Jung and his associates made approximately $250,000 monthly.

However, his criminal activities came to an end in 1974 when he was arrested in Chicago for smuggling 660 pounds of marijuana. This arrest led to his imprisonment at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury.

Medellín Cartel:

While serving his sentence at FCI Danbury in 1974, George Jung met his future partner Carlos Lehder.

Lehder, a German Colombian, introduced Jung to the notorious Medellín Cartel, an international drug-trafficking organization. In return, Jung shared his knowledge of smuggling techniques with Lehder.

After their release in 1976, Jung and Lehder partnered with Pablo Escobar, becoming major players in smuggling large quantities of cocaine into the United States.


George Jung passed away on May 5, 2021, at 79. He had been receiving hospice care for liver and kidney failure at his home in Weymouth, Massachusetts, at the time of his death.


Throughout his life, George Jung was embroiled in controversy due to his involvement in drug trafficking and smuggling activities.

His criminal activities and association with the Medellín Cartel brought him notoriety and legal troubles.

However, George Jung’s experiences and involvement in the drug trade also served as the basis for the popular film Blow.

Social Media

  • Instagram handle: N/A
  • Twitter handle: N/A

Net Worth

At the time of his death, George Jung’s net worth was estimated at around $100 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

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