Apr 7, 2022
In this episode of #TheSpeakerShow, Maria Franzoni interviews Robert Mazur.
Robert Mazur was a highly sophisticated, mob connected, money launderer for Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Drug Cartel, a criminal organisation that was, at the time, the largest drug trafficking enterprise in the world. For years, Robert was a conduit between drug barons and corrupt bankers & lawyers that taught him some of the most sophisticated and secretive methods of laundering billions. He was so well liked by his cohorts in crime around the world that they travelled to a Florida country club to attend his wedding. It was at that affair that they lost their freedom and were taken into custody by US Federal agents. What they soon learned was that he was actually a US Federal Undercover Agent.
After testifying for years at trials in North America and Europe about his dealings with Escobar’s killers and bankers, Robert Mazur was recruited by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to carry out another covert operation. This time, he was tasked to build a new cover, and infiltrate Colombia’s Cali Drug Cartel, a cartel that had replaced Escobar’s cartel as the largest in the world. As he worked his way into the Cali underworld, a silent cancer grew about him in the mafia. Unbeknownst to him, his identity had been compromised by a corrupt fellow agent. That corruption nearly cost him his life.
Robert has shared both of these stories with the world. He is the NY Times Bestselling author of THE INFILTRATOR, a memoir about his deep-cover infiltration of Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Cartel and the banks that serviced Escobar’s fortunes. THE INFILTRATOR book became the basis for the internationally released movie by the same name, starring Bryan Cranston.
Now, he has written his latest book, THE BETRAYAL, a memoir of his subsequent infiltration of the Cali Drug Cartel, their bankers, and his near death at the hands of a dirty fellow agent.
In this fascinating episode, we discuss:
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