George Jung Released from Prison


Photography by : New Line Cinema

Text by : Sam Ferro

June 3, 2014

George Jung, or Boston George as he was known in the cocaine distribution circle, was released from prison yesterday, but this wouldn’t be looked at the same way if Johnny Depp hadn’t done such an incredible job portraying George in the movie Blow. Jung is now a free man after serving 20 years at Otisville, La Tuna, and Fort Dix. In 2001, Johnny Depp helped create one of the best drug movies of our time. Blow told the story of Boston George and how he came to be one of the biggest cocaine moguls ever.

In Jung’s prime, the 70′s and 80′s, he was responsible more than 85% of the cocaine in the United States and was raking in about 250K a month. When he was arrested in 1994, he was found with more than $2 million worth of cocaine and was sentenced to 60 years in prison. Through cooperation with the authorities, George is now a free man at 71 years old.

When Depp was preparing for the movie he visited George and was able to learn a lot about his story. He said after his conversation with Boston George that “It’s very rare in life that any person opens up their heart and soul to you with unlimited access to their most profound thoughts, dreams, fears, regrets, intimacies… even more rare when you’ve just met that person and, because of the obvious predicament, it’s highly unlikely that you will be spending too much time with them in the near future…So for this and more, I owe a great debt of gratitude to George.”

Congratulations George Jung on your release, and in the words of Johnny may the wind always be at your back, and the sun upon your face. And may the winds of destiny carry you aloft to dance with the stars.

  • Ed Case

    Boston George sold a lot of mary jane in his hay day too. I think. Folks forget that.