Depp's 'Blow' Inspiration RELEASED From Prison After Almost 20 Years Behind Bars

6/2/2014 8:11 AM PDT

George Jung RELEASED From Prison -- Johnny Depp's 'Blow' Inspiration Out Early


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.

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.