“Everything is easy in this town: love, sex, drugs…even killing, you know. We have a god who makes everything easy, that’s the god of Medellin.” Alberto, one of the gangsters in Medellin said.
Medellin was once notoriously known as one of the world’s most dangerous towns as drug wars took over the streets during Pablo Escobar’s tenure in office. Since 2003, it experienced an economic renaissance and a time of relative peace and tranquility. Former president Alvaro Uribe’s focus on security throughout the country and its policies towards notorious paramilitary groups also helped the town’s superficial and ephemeral peace. Many of those involved in the narco-trade put down their weapons in exchange for amnesty or reduced sentences, which some have criticized, but these reconciliatory ceremonies were broadcast throughout the country, with a sense of optimism for the future and media coverage eventually faded.
However, it was common knowledge that a drug lord and a paramilitary boss, Diego Fernando Murillo, commonly known as Don Berna, was in fact controlling Medellin’s peace in the background. Even after his arrest, he continued controlling the town from prison, hiring hit men, and managing the ever lucrative drug trade.
But when Don Berna was extradited to the US in May 2008, and Medellin lost its boss, the town spiraled into chaos. The situation of the slum areas is quite complex due to the fact that the many factions of gang exist in a mosaic form. One gang and its opposition are merely 2 blocks away. All of these gangs belong to two bosses after Don Berna’s extradition to the US. One is Sebastian, and the other is Valenciano. Now Medellin is looking for either Sebastian or Valenciano to step up and take control of the entire town. Until the battle is won and a clear victor emerges, what is certain is that they will not stop fighting.
Medellin is once again at war with itself, in search for a ruthless ruler to reign over the city and all drug groups in their violently smooth and easy-going life.