Who is George Jung’s ex-wife? Mirtha Jung Wiki Bio

Mirtha Jung (nee Calderon) was born in Cuba, on 3 December 1952, although some sources say she was born on 3 August – her birth sign is Sagittarius and she holds both American and Cuban nationality. Mirtha was part of a drug cartel, but came under the spotlight only after the release of the “Blow” movie, which follows the life of her ex-husband George Jung.

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Early life and education

Mirtha was raised in a rather poor and dangerous part of Cuba, which is how she got involved with the drug business during her teenage years – she was raised by her parents and attended a high school in Cuba, and after matriculation was working as a waitress before meeting George.

Mirtha’s career

After meeting her future husband, Mirtha became part of the Medellin Cartel he worked for, known for smuggling huge amounts of cocaine from Colombia to the US.

She became addicted to cocaine, and although she was advised by doctors to stop using it during her pregnancy, she was not able to stop – after being caught with a lot of cocaine, she was sentenced to three years in jail. She used the three years to get clean, and since she was released in 1981, it’s believed that she hasn’t used any drugs to this day.

In 2001, Mirtha was mentioned in the “Blow” biographical movie, which also talks about her husband and the drug cartel, and which brought Mirtha recognition in the US – Penelope Cruz played Mirtha, while Johnny Depp played George Jung. Mirtha was last seen in the media in the same year, when she talked about the movie, and gave an interview to a Texas newspaper.

Love life and marriage with George Jung

Mirtha started using cocaine before meeting George, and was introduced to him when she needed more – when they first met, Mirtha was 22 and George 32. They started dating in February 1975 and married in 1977 – on 1 August 1978, Mirtha gave birth to their daughter named Kristina Sunshine Jung.

As life revolving around drugs and crime became too much for Mirtha who did not want to expose her daughter to this, she decided to divorce George, who went on and married Ronda Clay Spinello less than a year after his divorce from Mirtha – George and Ronda are living in San Diego, California while Mirtha hasn’t remarried and currently appears to be unattached.

Her daughter Kristina is married to Romain Karan, and they have two children. After being released from jail in 2016, George tried to get back together with Mirtha, and help his daughter in any way possible, but Kristina is yet to forgive her father.

Hobbies and other interests

Mirtha grew up being surrounded by drugs, and her main interest was finding money to pay for her habit – she started out as a student who was good at math and sports, but this changed when she started messing with drugs while attending the second year at high school.

She enjoyed leading a lavish lifestyle with her husband, but eventually wanted more than constantly hiding, and using cocaine with George – after being released clean from jail, Mirtha became focused on raising her daughter. She became interested in other things too, such as reading and spending her time outdoors. She raised Kristina in a peaceful environment in the USA – the two spent their evenings watching movies together, with Mirtha’s favorite actor and actress being Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz, mostly for their performance in the “Blow” film.

Appearance and net worth

Mirtha is 67 years old. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall, and weighs around 128lbs (58kgs) – her net worth is over $400,000, while George has lost most of his ill-gotten wealth, and has a net worth of just $100,000.

Who is George Jung, Mirtha’s ex-husband?

George Jacob Jung – also known as Boston George or El Americano – was born in Boston, Massachusetts USA, on 6 August 1942 – his birth sign is Leo and he holds American nationality. He is a former drug trafficker and a smuggler, and was part of the Medellin Cartel which smuggled cocaine into the USA.

George was raised in Weymouth, Massachusetts by his German-American parents Erminalia ‘Ermine’ and Frederick ‘Fred’ Jung – he was an avid footballer while at high school, and his friends described him as ‘a natural leader’. However, he was arrested for the first time for solicitation of prostitution while he was still at Weymouth High School, then after matriculation, he enrolled at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he began selling marijuana, and never graduated.

He started smuggling cannabis from California to New England in 1967, before expanding his work to smuggle cannabis from Puerto Vallarta in Mexico into the US – he used ‘planes stolen from Cape Cod, and hired professional pilots.

At the time, he was making $250,000 per month which is equivalent to $1.6 million today.  This lasted until 1974, when George was arrested in Chicago, caught with 660lbs (300kg) of marijuana – he was sentenced to the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury.

While in prison, George learned about the Medellin Cartel from his cellmate Carlos Lehder Rivas, and in return George taught him about smuggling – after being released in April 1975, he and Carlos began working together and flew cocaine for Pablo Escobar from Colombia to the US.

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It is reported that George was then making around $4 million per day during the late-‘70s, and keeping his money in the national bank of Panama. He was arrested again in 1987, and once again in 1994, when he received a 60-year sentence. but was released on 2 June 2014 after spending 10 years in prison. However, he started smuggling once again, and was arrested on 6 December 2016 for violating his parole – he’s still in jail!

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