Real life NARCOS to swoop on Letterkenny

TWO Drug Enforcement Agents (DEA) who inspired the hit Netflix show NARCOS are to speak in Letterkenny later this year.

‘NARCOS – An Evening of Conversation’ features real life DEA agents Steve Murphy and Javier Pena.

Born in Texas, Pena joined the US DEA in 1984. Four years later the Retired Special Agent in Charge volunteered for an assignment in Bogota, Colombia.


It was there that he and his partner, 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. He is regarded as an expert on the subject of the Medellin Cartel.

For his part, Steve Murphy began his career in 1975 as a Police Officer in the City of Bluefield, West Virginia. In 1987 he joined the DEA as a Special Agent and was assigned to Miami where the cocaine trade was exploding. In 1991 he was transferred to Bogota where and Pena first targeted the Medellin Cartel. Murphy received multiple honours and awards during his career, including ‘DEA Special Agent of the Year’ and the ‘Distinguished Service Cross’.

Pedro Pascal as Javier Pena in the Netflix smash NARCOS.

This is a genuine opportunity to meet two real life legends and during their evening of conversation at An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny, on May 12 they will give an in-depth insight into the capturing of Pablo Escobar, the Cali Cartel, Kiki Camarena.

As well as taking down Escobar, the infamous drug lord who spent $2,500 per month on rubber bands to hold his cash, Pena and Murphy 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 question and answer session with the audience.

Tickets for NARCOS – An Evening of Conversation are on sale now priced at €35. Go to


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