A Former Cartel Member Reveals Just What 'Narcos' Gets Right About Drug Trafficking

Quite a lot, it would appear

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While the first two seasons of Narcos focused on the blood and cocaine-soaked legacy of Pablo Escobar's powdery empire, the third widened its scope to include the birth of the Cali Cartel, a gang that were said to control more than 90% of the world's cocaine during their nineties pomp.

Jorge Salcedo was one of their key members, acting as head of security before eventually becoming an informant who helped the authorities bring the group down.

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Now under witness protection, the real-life Salcedo acted as a consultant on the Netflix show, working with showrunner Eric Newman to ensure all the torture and strong-arming was up to scratch.

Following the release of the show's third season, Salcedo has spoken about just how realistic the show ended up being, and what life was really like inside the cartel.

"The story in general remains the same [as the truth]," Salcedo told Entertainment Weekly.

"I saw one episode, the first or something, where they pull apart one bad guy with two motorcycles. I will say, though it's horrendous, it's not far from the [actual] happenings. They did that the same. Not with Harleys, they used two Land Cruisers. I wasn't there, but I had people who were actually in the execution of these things."

Speaking about one of his most harrowing experiences as a member, Salcedo says he was taken to a farmhouse, where, unbeknownst to him, an execution was taking place.

"I started hearing screaming. I did not go near it. My role was to be on the outside, make sure the road was clear. But I've thought many times, why did they make me do that, to be there? I didn't have to be there. Was this a 'welcome to the club' situation? Or was it a test, to see how brave you are or how you're going to deal with this? Will you tell everyone what was done here? But whatever it was, I got the picture. They could do this to anybody. To me, to anybody. It doesn't matter if you're a wife or anyone. They could to do it to me."

They sound like cool guys...