Drug Lord Pablo Escobar's Former Hitman Is Now A YouTube Star And Writer

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Velásquez visiting Escobar's tomb.Daily Mail

Jhon Jairo "Popeye" Velásquez ended up spending 23 years and 3 months in Colombian prison. Considering the former hitman and lieutenant (and close confidant) for Pablo Escobar was convicted of terrorism, drug trafficking, conspiracy for terrorist purposes, and murder, some people would assume he got off light. In Columbia, there is no death penalty and the maximum sentence someone can receive is 30 years.


Since his release in 2014, Velásquez has not shied away from the limelight. He borders on celebrity status for some people in Columbia, but for the families of the 300 people he admits to killing himself, and the 3,000 other deaths that he helped make possible, it is hard to see him in any other light.

Velásquez currently has a YouTube channel which has nearly 300,000 subscribers. Most of his posts are political in nature and attack the political leaders of Venezuela, Columbia, Mexico, and the United States.

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