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Imagine a middle-class farmer's awe and surprise when he finds a fortune buried right in his land!! In an interesting series of events, this was exactly what happened in Columbia! Meet Jose Mariena Cartolos, the farmer who discovered the treasure that was accidently left over by one of the most notorious drug lords in history - Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria!
Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria was a notorious Colombian drug lord. He is said to have supplied about 80% of the cocaine smuggled into the US during the height of his career. It led to him being known as the "King of Cocaine", with an estimated known net worth of US$30 billion by the early 1990s, and approximately US$50 billion when including money that was buried in different areas of Colombia.
Pablo made much more than that! To give you an idea, just let this sink in: he had to spend $1000 per week purchasing rubber bands to wrap the stacks of cash he made that week!
Pablo had so much money that even after purchasing over 800 luxury mansions all over Colombia, owning football teams, giving away billions of dollars to help build hospital's, schools, work programs, and even rebuilt entire ghettos for the poverty stricken people of Colombia, he had dollars to spare!
He began to bury his cash all over Columbia! The location of each money pit was known by only Pablo and his three closest associates.
When Pablo was finally killed, the money's location went away with him.The CIA estimates there to be about 100 of these money pits that have yet to be discovered, each containing between five hundred million to one billion dollars!
It's not like none of the money has been found! Recently enough, a 65 year old farmer, Jose Mariena Cartolos, who received a $3000 grant from the Colombian government to help him start a palm oil plantation on his family land, discovered several large blue containers buried under his land. And guess what they contained? A whopping $600,000,000!
It's not clear what will happen to the money now, but many believe that Jose Mariena Cartolos will not be allowed to keep the money. It will most likely remain in Colombia and be used to fund social and economic programs that help those in poverty.