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‘Narcos’, inspired by ex-Bluefield officer, begins new season

Photo contributed to the Bluefield Daily Telegraph  Steve Murphy is shown taking inventory of cash and jewelry seized while he was working with law enforcement in Miami. His experiences in Colombia helped inspire the Netflix series ‘Narcos.’
Photo contributed to the Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Steve Murphy is shown taking inventory of cash and jewelry seized while he was working with law enforcement in Miami. His experiences in Colombia helped inspire the Netflix series ‘Narcos.’

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — Last year, a television show about the battle against the Medellin Drug Cartel and its leader, drug terrorist Pablo Escobar, gave the world a view of that struggle through the eyes to Steve Murphy, a former Bluefield police officer who was part of the fight against the drug trafficker.

“Narcos,” the Netflix series inspired by his experiences and those of his partner, Colombian agent Javier Peña, recently started its second season.

Steve Murphy started his law enforcement career at the Bluefield Police Department and later served with the Norfolk Southern Railroad Police before joining the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and being assigned to the DEA’s task force in Colombia. The job was to dismantle the Medellin Drug Cartel and end Pablo Escobar’s rampage.

 Now living in the Washington, D.C. area, Murphy had just finished some yard work Saturday when he spoke with the Bluefield Daily Telegraph. He was getting his home ready for a Sunday party where about 50 guests would watch the first two episodes of “Narcos,” Season Two. The new season premiered Friday, 3 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

“It’s been unbelievable,” Murphy said of the reception fans have given “Narcos.” Murphy and his wife, Connie, went to Hollywood last week…

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