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Man Portrayed By Johnny Depp In ‘Blow’ Released From Federal Prison In Burlington County

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FORT DIX, N.J. (AP) — An often-convicted drug dealer who once informed against a member of Colombia’s drug cartel and was portrayed by Johnny Depp in a movie has been released from federal prison.

George Jung left the Federal Correctional Institution at Fort Dix for a halfway house on Monday. He was due to be released in November.

Jung was sentenced in 1997 in Massachusetts to nearly 22 years in prison for conspiracy to possess marijuana with intent to distribute.

Jung was arrested in 1995 in East Dennis, Massachusetts, when police seized between 400 and 500 pounds of marijuana.

The 71-year-old was the subject of the 1993 book and 2001 movie “Blow,” in which Depp portrayed Jung’s role as the American connection to the Colombian cocaine cartel in the late 1970s and early ’80s.

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