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Javier F. Pena and Stephen E. Murphy Tell the Six-Year Story of Bringing Down Narco-Terrorist Pablo Escobar
Javier F. Pena — Special Agent in Charge (retired). Drug Enforcement Administration
Javier Peña retired from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a Special Agent in Charge (SAC) in January 2014 after 30 years of service. His career was highlighted by his volunteering for assignment to the DEA office in Bogota, Colombia in 1988, where then Special Agent Peña and his partner, then-Special Agent Steve Murphy, set out to bring down the notorious Medellin drug cartel led by Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria, or Pablo Escobar. U.S. and international law enforcement agencies continue to utilize many of the strategies and innovative ideas that were created and implemented by Javier and Steve.
Special Agents Peña and Murphy worked and lived with a handpicked group of Colombian National Police.
(CNP) personnel while pursuing Escobar. During Escobar’s reign of narco-terrorism, the cartel kingpin ordered the deaths of thousands of innocent people, including police officers, politicians, judges and a presidential candidate. Mr. Peña spent six years in the search for Pablo Escobar before his team successfully captured and killed Escobar. For his efforts, Peña received Colombia’s highest award given to someone not a Colombian citizen, as well as commendation awards from the DEA and the international community.
Mr. Peña is regarded as a subject matter expert on the Medellin Cartel and has delivered more than 100 presentations on the Cartel, including numerous rare photos of original events during the rise and fall of the Cartel. His presentations feature the details of his years spent trying to bring Escobar to justice and stop the carnage of the Medellin cartel. Peña has also appeared in television documentaries and on national news programs as well as in the Latin media.
Mr. Peña continued to serve in various and successful DEA assignments after completing his Colombia assignment, including nine years serving as a Special Agent in Charge of three different major field divisions. Mr. Peña was first promoted to the ranks of Senior Executive Service (SES) as the Special Agent in Charge of the San Francisco office in 2004 before leading the Caribbean DEA office as the Special Agent in Charge from 2008 until 2011. As SAC for the Caribbean field office, Mr. Peña oversaw DEA operations in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, Barbados, Haiti, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. After the Caribbean, SAC Peña led the Houston Field division, covering the San Antonio, Laredo and McAllen, Texas areas. SAC Peña delivered leadership and guidance, ensuring the exemplary performance of Special Agents, Intelligence Analysts, Diversion Prescription Personnel, Asset Forfeiture Specialists and others in the investigations of highly sophisticated criminal organizations operating domestically and internationally. Retired SAC Peña graduated from Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology, cum laude, and is fluent in Spanish and English. The U.S Government honored Mr. Peña in 2010 with the Presidential Rank Award in 2010, awarded to exceptional career Senior Executive Service (SES) members and Senior Career Employees.
Following retirement, Javier and Steve provide specialized training and solutions associated with drug related issues, law enforcement, intelligence, and investigations. Focusing on their overseas experiences, Javier and Steve provide keynote addresses worldwide that discuss their experiences, leadership principles, conflict management, and how to survive and succeed when faced with seemingly overwhelming odds. Audiences include corporate events, conferences, universities/colleges, performing arts centers, law enforcement, and non-profit/charitable organizations. Steve and Javier served as Technical Consultants for the hit Netflix series, Narcos, which is based on their activities in Colombia. They have appeared in numerous documentaries and programs. In late 2019, their book, Manhunters – How We Took Down Pablo Escobar, was released by St. Martin’s Press and is currently available in 13 countries.
In addition to keynote speaking, Javier and Steve continue their efforts to bring awareness to current drug related issues including the opioid/heroin/fentanyl epidemic, and deadly counterfeit medications illegally entering the U.S. They have spoken twice about these topics on Capitol Hill to members of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, and to the American Legislative Exchange Conference and other state level organizations.
Stephen E. Murphy — Special Agent in Charge (retired), Drug Enforcement Administration
As a Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Stephen Murphy and his partner, Javier Pena, targeted the world’s first narco-terrorist, Pablo Escobar, and the Medellin Cartel. Living and working alongside their Colombian National Police counterparts in Medellin, Colombia, as well as with elite U.S. military units, their efforts resulted in the dismantlement of the largest and most violent international drug trafficking organization of its time. This was a first in the field of international narcotics investigations. U.S. and international law enforcement agencies continue to utilize many of the strategies and innovative ideas that were created and implemented by Steve and Javier.
Steve began his law enforcement career in 1975 as a Police Officer in the City of Bluefield, WV. He then moved to Norfolk, VA, and was employed as a Special Agent for the Norfolk Southern Corporation.
In 1987, Steve became a Special Agent with the DEA. His agent assignments included Miami, FL; Bogotá, Colombia; and Greensboro, NC. Earning progressive promotions and leadership roles, Steve served two tours in Atlanta, GA, where he was assigned to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) office and led the Mobile Enforcement Team Program, and later created and directed the Atlanta Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Strike Force. In 2001, Steve was assigned to the Special
Operations Division in Washington, DC, serving as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge and as the Executive Assistant to the Director. In 2009, Steve was promoted to the Senior Executive Service ranks as Deputy Assistant Administrator over DEA’s Office of Special Intelligence in Washington, DC, and later as the Special Agent in Charge/Director of the Department of Justice (DOJ), OCDETF Fusion Center, where he remained until his retirement in 2013, after 37+ years in law enforcement.
Steve was the recipient of numerous awards and honors throughout his law enforcement career, to include the “DEA Special Agent of the Year Award,” the “DEA Administrator’s Group Achievement Award,” the “Director’s Award” from DOJ’s OCDETF Program, the “Distinguished Service Cross” from the Republic of Colombia (first time presented to a non-Colombian official), and the “International Award of Honor” from the International Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association.
Following retirement, Steve founded a private company that provides specialized training and solutions associated with drug related issues, law enforcement, intelligence, and investigations. Focusing on their overseas experiences, Steve and Javier provide keynote addresses worldwide that discuss their experiences, leadership principles, conflict management, and how to survive and succeed when faced with seemingly overwhelming odds. Audiences include corporate events, conferences, universities/colleges, performing arts centers, law enforcement, and non-profit/charitable organizations. Steve and Javier served as Technical Consultants for the hit Netflix series, Narcos, which is based on their activities in Colombia. They have appeared in numerous documentaries and programs. In late 2019, their book, Manhunters – How We Took Down Pablo Escobar, was released by St. Martin’s Press and is currently available in 13 countries.
In addition to keynote speaking, Steve and Javier continue their efforts to bring awareness to current drug related issues including the opioid/heroin/fentanyl epidemic, and deadly counterfeit medications illegally entering the U.S. They have spoken twice about these topics on Capitol Hill to members of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, and to the American Legislative Exchange Conference and other state level organizations. Steve serves on the Advisory Board of Verde Technologies, a company that produces drug deactivation kits.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Bluefield State College. He is a graduate of several executive leadership programs at the University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins University. Steve is married with four children.
NY Times Best Selling Author — Under and Alone
Now hear the whole story of retired ATF special agent Billy Queen’s experience as an undercover agent with ATF. From his membership in hate groups like the National Alliance and it’s missed opportunity in stopping the Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing by Timothy McVey to his two year membership in the Mongols Outlaw Motorcycle Gang. This will be a no holds barred presentation covering the controversies of undercover operations, to the rewards of a risky business of infiltrating America’s underground criminal world. This is the whole story, the good, the bad and the ugly, a presentation that will send you home feeling like you just got out of an unbelievable movie. But it’s real.
William Billy Queen was a soldier and a Vietnam War veteran. He spent seven years as a police officer in High Point, North Carolina. He was a U.S. Border Patrol Agent and a special agent with the United States Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for twenty years. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Under and Alone and has spoken throughout the United States and Canada about his undercover experiences. Billy Queen is known as one of Americas most knowledgeable and experienced experts in the area of undercover operations and Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs. He is a true American Patriot.
Officer Mental Health - The Hard Truth
Sonny F. Garcia
Ret. Captain Garcia was recruited into the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Department in 1993 where he obtained the rank of Sergeant. He was member of the SWAT team, in 1998 became certified Bomb Technician through the US Department of Justice. He rose through the rank of the departments Law Enforcement Academy Basic Police Officer Certification Training Course as a drill instructor, law enforcement instructor, coordinator and finally director before leaving the department in 2004 to become a United States Federal Agent with the US Customs Service (now Department of Homeland Security Investigations).
He now has nearly 30 years of experience in law enforcement as a Bomb Squad Technician, Police Academy Coordinator, Sheriff’s Deputy, Federal Special Agent, Federal Section Chief assigned to the polygraph program. He acquired his polygraph certification through the National Center for Credibility Assessment (NCCA) working with Homeland Security Investigations and is currently a Federal Senior Polygraph Examiner with the US Department of Energy Counterintelligence Program and attended Argosy University where he earned his Master’s in Forensic Psychology.
He continued his state law enforcement career as Captain with the New Mexico Mounted Patrol util his retirement in April of 2022. He is still currently certified in the State of New Mexico as a master instructor in firearms, defensive tactics, use of force, officer wellness and is now the created and instructor of the Officer Mental Health: The Hard Truth.
In 2019, Captain Garcia lost a close friend to suicide. This changed the direction and motivation he had in law enforcement, and he has now focused his efforts on officer’s mental health, wellness, and suicide prevention. He created a mental health curriculum for police officers, correctional officers, as well as probation and parole officers that is accredited in the state of New Mexico which he has taught for free since February 2019 and has saved several law enforcements officers lives from suicide and has help many other officers seek help.