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Mar 29 2019

Steve Murphy, DEA agent and an inspiration for hit Netflix series, Narcos

'I knew Escobar would be the biggest investigation I’d ever work on'

One of Netflix’s major hits in recent years was the gripping crime drama, Narcos, about the hunt for Pablo Escobar, led by two American Drug Enforcement Agency operatives, Steve Murphy and Javier Peña.

On Wednesday May 15, Murphy and Peña will visit Galway in person to give a talk at the Town Hall Theatre about their pursuit of the world’s most notorious narco-terrorist. Ahead of that visit, Murphy spoke with me about his career in the DEA, his time in Colombia, and the making of the Netflix series.

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