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Photos of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar's abandoned private island

Illustration for article titled Photos of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobars abandoned private island

At the height of his power, Pablo Escobar was worth an estimated $3 billion (USD) and his Medellín Cartel controlled 80% of the global cocaine market. So he may have had a few extra dollars to throw around on a private island. In fact, many drug lords had luxurious villas on small islands off the coast of Cartagena, islands that have since been abandoned by their human occupants.

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Illustration for article titled Photos of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobars abandoned private island

Urban explorer and photographer Stefaan Beernaert, also known as Fotantje, has explored the islands off Catagena and photographed the so-called "Drug Islands." These images came from Escobar's own palatial estate, whose sole resident seems to be a rather large sow. But Beernaert came across several other drug lord houses, from a former guard house (now occupied by a squatter) to a building made of coral. So on top of the drug business, the owner of that particular home was a reef killer.

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These silent, crumbling homes are a far cry from what they once were: places where the cartel leaders could throw parties, relax, and plot their next business moves.

Drug Islands [Foantje via Environmental Graffiti via Neatorama]

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AMotorcycle
AMotorcycle

Fascinating. Shows just how fragile our existence really is. These people were feared, powerful, and rich. Makes it all seem kinda pointless.