Javier Peña

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Javier Peña
Born Texas, U.S.
Occupation Civil Servant
Known for DEA agent, investigated Pablo Escobar

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 that 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]

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 culture[edit]

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 Biography.com Editors (2017-11-14). "Javier Pena Biography.com". The Biography.com website. A&E Television Networks. Retrieved 2017-12-14.