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Depp's 'Blow' Inspiration

RELEASED From Prison

After Almost 20 Years Behind Bars

6/2/2014 8:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

George Jung Released From Prison

George Jung -- the prolific cocaine smuggler portrayed by Johnny Depp in the movie “Blow -- has been released from prison after serving almost 20 years behind bars -- and TMZ has a pic of his first moments of freedom. 

Jung (now 71-years-old) was doing time at FCI Fort Dix in New Jersey and was supposed to be released in November ... but for some reason the ex-drug smuggler got out early.

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For those of you who haven't seen the movie ... Jung was one of the biggest coke dealers of the '70s and '80s -- and was said to be responsible for roughly 89% of cocaine smuggled into the country at the time. 

Sources tell us Jung is being released to a half-way house on the West Coast ... where he'll receive help transitioning back into society.  

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46.

Joey    

I think the sentence was too long. Now he's in his 70s, how is he going to work to support himself? He probably doesn't have enough $ paid into social security. I hate drugs and don't want my kids to do them, but these drug sentences are ridiculous.

Anyway, dude, good luck!

146 days ago
47.

tmz001    

My hero

146 days ago
48.

Lori    

I hope he gets to reconnect with his daughter

146 days ago
49.

myopinion    

This was a great movie....Hopefully Jung will live a law abiding life.

146 days ago
50.

Carriejane    

Sickening that drug dealers get more time than child molesters, rapists and even murderers in some cases..people choose to use drugs.

146 days ago
51.

CathyJ    

Great film. It is one of those when you find it channel surfing, you have to watch...over and over LOL.

146 days ago
52.

TuxThePenguin    

this feels like a great time to say, "blow me!"

146 days ago
53.

Stephen Sano    

So, how is Jung going to make it legally after having been in jail so long with a felony conviction? He will have no housing assistance, no welfare, no food stamps, and jobs available to him. Unless he has a helpful family, he will be back in jail (70% recidivism rate for former convicts).

146 days ago
54.

richard thompson    

hope he does all right 20 years is long time

146 days ago
55.

wandrade2    

I wonder if he's getting any money from the film

146 days ago
56.

cherokeesky34    

I hope and pray that at some point he reconciled with his daughter. As screwed up as his actions were the last time they arrested him, his motivation was in a good place. Just hope that she has grown up enough to realize it.

146 days ago
57.

JD Morgan    

Don't you mean the CIA was one of the biggest coke dealers in the 70's and 80's?.....and 90's....and presently lol.

146 days ago
58.

Leprauhcan    

Well he should transfer his probation to Colorado and sale the. CHRONIC since that's what started his drug sales...

146 days ago
59.

Dr. Fantastic    

Now he has an honorary doctorate in bath salts.

145 days ago
60.

squeakermama    

I feel that this movie was one of the best that Depp did. At least the most convincing roles he played with some substance. Loved the movie for sure and made me curious about Jung's story.

145 days ago
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