Capturing Pablo with Steve Murphy and Javier Pena

At the heart of a daring mission, two heroes stood tall

Imagine, you are in a foreign country tasked with advising and coordinating 600 law enforcement and military personnel from various organizations who are responsible for pursuing the world’s wealthiest and most violent criminal and his organization; and you must perform your duties with a $300,000 price tag on your head. One wrong decision has the potential to result in serious injury or even death, to those who serve and protect the public, as well as to yourself.

This is the story of “Capturing Pablo” – a riveting event hosted by The Health Museum, in collaboration with the DEA Citizens Academy – Houston Division Alumni Association, and FBI Citizens Academy – Houston Division.

The event was more than the recount of a dramatic tale. It was a testament to the bravery and dedication of law enforcement officers who served this country. And a reminder of the devastating impact of illegal drugs.

Left to right: Steve Murphy, Javier Peña, FBI Houston Assistant Special Agent in Charge – David Martinez, DEA Special Agent in Charge – Daniel Comeaux, and The Health Museum President & CEO – John Arcidiacono

The Task

Appointed as the lead investigators on the case against Pablo Escobar and the Medellin Cartel, DEA special agents Javier Peña and Steve Murphy were tasked with the impossible in a foreign land—to bring down the world’s wealthiest and most violent criminal, Pablo Escobar. With a bounty of $300,000 on their heads, every decision could have been their last, every step was fatal.

“Hollywood doesn’t nearly tell you the whole story behind Narcos. These acts of violence and brutality can happen anywhere at any time. That’s why we want everyone to stay vigilant of the damages of illegal drugs, and the innocent lives who were forced to pay the price.”

Javier Peña & Steve Murphy

Salute to the Brave

In honor of Law Enforcement Month, The Health Museum expresses sincere gratitude to those who put themselves on the front line combatting illegal drugs and drug abuse. We stand in awe of their courage, their dedication, and their sacrifice.

Special Thanks to

Photography by Viktoriia Ermakova

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