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Steve Murphy the former DEA agent who helped take down the world’s most notorious narcoterrorist

Episode 205 – Steve Murphy the former DEA agent who helped take down the world's most notorious narcoterrorist

Steve Murphy was born in Tennessee in 1957. He later graduated from Bluefield State College with a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice in 1981. Following a short career in local law enforcement, he enrolled in the DEA's training program. His first assignment was in Miami, where he worked with Kevin Brady, where they were mostly going after young marijuana users. Following the death of Brady at the hands of La Quica during a failed sting against Hermann Zapata. Murphy then accepted a transfer to Bogota. The former DEA agent then became involved in the successful manhunt for narcotics kingpin Pablo Escobar, with Javier Peña.

Their story has formed part of the backbone for the Netflix series Narcos. Both Murphy and his partner, DEA agent Javier Pena, have traveled around the world to speak about their time in Colombia. They also worked as consultants on the Narcos show.

Episode 205 – Steve Murphy


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