According to Inside Hollywood.co, it happened that a farmer identified as Jose Mariena Cartolos, 65, recently received a $3,000 grant from the Colombian government to start a palm oil plantation on a plot of land that has been in his family for more than 200 years.
While digging the irrigation trench for the plantation, Jose discovered something big beneath his feet. Upon further exploration, he discovered several large, blue containers. What he found inside was unfathomable. The containers were filled with cash, totaling $600,000,000! That is not a misprint. Six hundred MILLION dollars. The money is said to be a part of Pablo Escobar’s $30 billion fortune.
With the cocaine industry generating roughly $85 billion per year, it has become common knowledge that Drug Lords and cocaine traffickers in a bid to hide their money from the prying eyes of the law come up with various strategies to launder money and stash away cash. One of such methods is burying cash at unsuspected locations.
This method was used especially by Pablo Escobar, the worlds most successful cocaine trafficker and outlaw. Escobar stashed his influx of cash in various places, like in furniture and under floorboards. He also took to burying his cash on various plots of land throughout Colombia. Whenever the topic of drug dealers burying cash in random locations arises, people always speculate as to what they’d do if they happened upon the booty. Well, one Colombian farmer had to really decide.
As, expected Cartolos will not be able to keep the money. The money is expected to be used by the Colombian government to enhance social and economic programs. Experts also believe that this discovery will cause a new “Gold Rush,” drawing treasure hunters to the Colombian countryside in search of hidden treasure.
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