Judge grants Pablo Escobar’s hippos American citizenship

When Colombian cocaine traffickers Pablo Escobar and his brother Pedro Escobar appeared in a U.S. federal court on Tuesday, a judge decided Pablo Escobar’s hippos would be acquitted after being formally granted de facto…

Judge grants Pablo Escobar’s hippos American citizenship

When Colombian cocaine traffickers Pablo Escobar and his brother Pedro Escobar appeared in a U.S. federal court on Tuesday, a judge decided Pablo Escobar’s hippos would be acquitted after being formally granted de facto citizenship.

Newly elected Environmental District Judge Patrick Dumas, sitting in New York, said “cocaine hippos are hereby approved” in a determination in a related case.

“I know my way around an animal stamp,” the judge joked.

Escobar, whose real name was Alberto Maurice Gallo, was sentenced to 56 years in prison in 1997 for smuggling 20 tons of cocaine into the United States. The lesser charges against his brother left Escobar with 45 years in prison, court records show.

In 1994, the cattle rancher from the Caribbean town of Ciego de Avila in the southwestern Colombian department of Nariño adopted 22 children from orphanages near his ranch. The narco family later expanded their charitable work by bringing hundreds of injured chimpanzees to the United States to recover from trauma. After being adopted by Escobar, the hippos were named Arthur and Felix.

Read the full story at the Times of London.

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