PUBLISHED: 21:18, Sat, Oct 31, 2020 | UPDATED: 21:18, Sat, Oct 31, 2020
The incumbent President Trump signed an Executive Order to build and reinforce a 450-mille border wall between the US and Mexico in 2017. He claimed that the area served as “a pipeline for vast quantities of illegal drugs, including meth, heroin, cocaine and fentanyl”. The President claimed that 90 percent of drugs that cross into the US stem from the southern border. One critic of this approach to the war on drugs was Luis Antonio Navia, a former associate of Pablo Escobar, who spoke to Express.co.uk. During his 25 years as a drugs trafficker, he helped to smuggle more than 300 tonnes of cocaine, worth around £7.6billion, into the US.
Mr Navia helped leaders from some of the largest criminal organisations to smuggle drugs and detailed his accounts in a shocking new book.
He met Columbian kingpin Pablo Escobar and worked alongside his infamous Medellín cartel – whose stories were fictionalised in the 2015 Netflix show Narcos.
Mr Navia’s operations came to a halt in 2000 when he was caught as part of a 12-nation crackdown and served six of an 11-year prison sentence.
Now the Florida resident claimed to advise governments and law enforcement teams around the world and penned his book Pure Narco, alongside journalist Jess Fink.
In bold statements to Express.co.uk, Mr Navia denounced President Trump and considered his border wall useless to combat criminal organisations.
He said: “I think it's a miracle that he can put on his tie straight, I mean what comes out of his mouth is craziness.
Donald Trump: US President's war on drugs was criticised by a former Pablo Escobar associate (Image: GETTY)
Donald Trump: Former drug trafficker Luis Navia (right and inset) slammed the President's drug war (Image: LUIS NAVIA / JESSE FINK)
“He’s one big publicity stunt, a