7 Mindblowing Facts About The King Of Cocaine, Pablo Escobar

2. Escobar rose to power as demand for cocaine in the US skyrocketed through the late 1970s and into the '80s. His first big move into the business involved the murder of Medellin trafficker Fabio Restrepo. Escobar took over Restrepo's men and established his infamous Medellin Cartel.