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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Coming Cleanby Jorge Valdes with Ken Abraham

 The book about infamous drug lord turned Christian left me wondering how mmusch of it was true.  Why did this drug corporation CEO spend less time behind bars than most violent street level drug dealers end up serving.  That is, if they are not killed in their high risk occupations.

In his earlier life Dr. Valdes organized the most powerful and notorious criminal organization in the world.

It became known as the Medellin Drug Cartel.  As a Drug Lord Jorge Valdes controlled 85-percent of the cocaine imported into the United States.

He controlled hundreds of millions of dollars and wielded more power than most people can imagine, influencing authorities here in the U.S. and abroad.

He became know to federal authorities as the man with ice running through his veins.  Jorge's position in the cartel brought him in direct contact with presidents, generals, hired killers, and kidnappers.

On a mission to increase his drug business he was arrested and tortured by General Manuel Noriega, Panama's former ruler and convicted drug kingpin.

He was sent back to the U.S. where he was turned over to authorities and sentenced to 15 years in prison.After less than six years he was out and back into the drug business bigger than ever.

He maintained a luxurious lifestyle and wielded a great deal of power. In 1987, after a series of traumatic events Jorge retired from the drug business to start a new life.

 When Jorge Valdes and his family arrived in the United States from Cuba in 1966, they were thankful for freedom and the chance to pursue the American dream.  Adept with numbers in high school, Jorge got a job at a Federal Reserve Bank after graduation.Then Jorge befriended a Jamaican who dealt in ginger and yams.  He offered Jorge an opportunity to get rich quick-by laundering money and setting up offshore accounts to avoid taxes.
For a 20-year-old, the temptation was overwhelming.  Each new foreign account and contact led to another.  In 1977, two Colombians asked Jorge to join them in a lucrative banana business.As time went by, the truth came out-behind the legitimate banana business, the Colombians were building a fledgling cocaine empire-the Medellin Drug Cartel. Jorge was asked to explore the possibilities of a California market.
  As head of the Medellin drug cartel's U.S. operations in the late 1970s and early '80s, Valdes pocketed $1 million a month while amassing a financial empire and lifestyle that included Learjets, mansions on both coasts and overseas, luxury cars and $150,000 monthly champagne tabs. In one year alone, the college-educated young accountant from Miami oversaw the distribution of 20,000 kilograms of cocaine smuggled into this country from Colombia and South America.

In 1989 Jorge encountered a person much more powerful that the strongest of drug lords, the Lord Jesus Christ. Today, Dr. Jorge Valdes is a very different man.

He has been transformed from drug lord to theologian.

He earned a Bachelor's Degree from Southeastern Bible College, a Masters Degree from Wheaton College.After Wheaton he earned a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from Loyola University.Today his he is an adjunct professor at Wheaton College.

Dr. Valdes documented his true story of hope and redemption in his book, Coming Clean.  
Dr. Valdes owns and operates the Service Master Total Clean franchise in the city of Tyrone. 

 Source:  http://www.zoominfo.com/p/Jorge-Valdes/34014950



To learn more about Jorge Valdes, visit his Web site at: http://www.comingclean.net/

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