Meet the men who caught Pablo Escobar - and inspired Narcos

The true story behind the hit Netflix series will be told in Galway

Pablo Escobar (left) and Wagner Moura who plays Escobar in Narcos.

Pablo Escobar (left) and Wagner Moura who plays Escobar in Narcos.

JAVIER PENA and Steve Murphy, the US Drug Enforcement Agency agents who captured the notorious drug lord, Pablo Escobar, and the Cali Cartel, and the inspiration behind the hit Nexflix series, Narcos, are coming to Galway.

Pena and Murphy will hold a public conversation in the Galmont Hotel (formerly the Radisson Blu ), on Sunday May 20 at 8pm. They will speak about the rise and fall of the Medellin Cartel and the role the agents played in bringing down its notorious leader, the ‘King of Cocaine’. The evening’s discussion will shed light on their input into the hit Netflix series, where they will reveal information which does not feature in the show, followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Javier Pena was brought up in Texas and joined the US DEA in 1984. Steve Murphy began his career in 1975 as a police officer in West Virginia and joined the DEA in 1987. In the late 1980s, Pena and Murphy set out to bring down the Medellin drug cartel and its leader Pablo Escobar. Pena was awarded Colombia’s highest honour for his efforts, and received commendation awards from the DEA and the wider international community. Murphy received multiple honours and awards during his career, including DEA Special Agent of the Year and the Distinguished Service Cross from the Republic of Colombia.

This is a 'Monroe's presents...' event. Tickets are €34, plus booking fees from or This will be a seated show and is over 18s only. Tickets are on sale on Friday February 9 at 9.30am.


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