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Javier Peña is a former DEA agent who investigated Pablo Escobar and the Medellín Cartel with his former colleague Stephen Murphy.[1][2] Peña worked as a consultant on the Netflix series Narcos.[3] Peña was not involved in the DEA's Cali Cartel activities; his involvement in the investigation in season three of the Netflix series is a fictional account.[4] Following the investigation of the Medellín Cartel, Peña worked for the DEA with additional assignments in Puerto Rico, Texas and Colombia. Peña retired from the DEA in 2014.[4]

Javier Peña
Texas, U.S.
OccupationCivil Servant
Known forDEA agent, investigated Pablo Escobar

Peña was raised in Kingsville, Texas, and attended Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M University-Kingsville) where he studied Sociology and Psychology.[4]

Popular cultureEdit

He is one of the main characters in the three seasons of Netflix TV series Narcos, in which his character is portrayed by Pedro Pascal. Peña himself worked as a consultant on the show. He makes a cameo appearance in the last episode of Season 2, "Al Fin Cayó!", alongside Murphy.


  1. ^ Bartilow, Horace A.; Eom, Kihong (2009-04-01). "Busting Drugs While Paying With Crime: The Collateral Damage of U.S. Drug Enforcement in Foreign Countries". Foreign Policy Analysis. 5 (2): 93–116. doi:10.1111/j.1743-8594.2009.00085.x.
  2. ^ Bowden, Mark (2007-12-01). Killing Pablo. Grove/Atlantic, Inc. ISBN 9780802197573. OCLC 881682814.
  3. ^ Britto, Lina (2016). "Car Bombing Drug War History: How the hit Netflix series Narcos echoes the DEA's version of events, distorting-and commodifying-the rise of Colombia's drug economy". NACLA Report on the Americas. 48 (2): 177–180. doi:10.1080/10714839.2016.1201278.
  4. ^ a b c Editors (2017-11-14). "Javier Pena". The website. A&E Television Networks. Retrieved 2017-12-14.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)