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Pablo Escobar’s Daughter Is Dealt a Legal Blow and Is Ordered to Pay Taxes on Her Father’s Assets 

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Juana Manuela Marroquín Santos, daughter of the infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar, is grappling with a legal battle in Colombia.  

The dispute revolves around hefty taxes owed on properties left behind by her father, Pablo Escobar, following his demise. Despite efforts to contest the taxes claimed by the Colombian tax authority (DIAN), Manuela Escobar has faced a setback in the legal proceedings. The courts have ruled against her, meaning she will have to settle the substantial debt owed to the state. 

Marroquín Santos, who made sure to change her father’s last name, lost a legal battle in 2006, and was ordered to pay taxes on the assets that were acquired by her father, as per El Tiempo. Though these assets were her father’s, they were under her name. 

As we all may know by now (thanks to the weird glorification of Narco culture), Escobar was a dangerous Colombian drug lord that counted with a laundry list of heinous crimes. Born in 1949, he gained immense wealth and power as the head of the Medellín Cartel, a powerful drug trafficking organization responsible for the production and distribution of cocaine worldwide during the 1970s and 1980s. 

Escobar’s criminal empire was built on the production and smuggling of cocaine, amassing an estimated net worth in the billions. His ruthless tactics, including violence, intimidation, and corruption, allowed him to establish a near-absolute control over Colombia’s drug trade. During this era, Colombians lived in fear. It was a terrible time – nothing “glamorous” about it. The terror inflicted by Escobar’s cartel led to a state of constant insecurity and turmoil in Colombia, leaving a profound and enduring impact on the nation’s history and collective memory. 

Though Pablo is no longer alive, the family he left is now suffering the consequences of his actions.  

Now, according to El Colombiano, Marroquín Santos will be required to pay a considerable sum in taxes for the properties inherited from her father’s estate. Currently, the National Directorate of Taxes and Customs (DIAN) has let her know that she owes $64,801,000 COP ($16,219.35 USD) and a fine of $103,681,000 COP ($25,950.80 USD) for not having declared them before. 

What This Means for the Daughter of Pablo Escobar

The legal tussle regarding the taxation on Pablo Escobar’s assets underscores the ongoing repercussions and legal complexities associated with the notorious drug lord’s legacy. Despite Pablo Escobar’s demise years ago, the ramifications of his criminal activities continue to echo through legal battles and financial obligations for his heirs. 

Pablo Escobar’s notoriety has kept his family under intense public scrutiny, and this recent legal ruling only serves to draw attention to the family’s financial affairs. 

Juana Manuela Marroquín Santos, who has largely maintained a private life away from the public eye, now faces the daunting task of addressing this financial burden as the legal battle continues. 

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