A nephew of infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar has said he found a plastic bag with money worth $18m (£14m) hidden in the wall of one of his uncle’s houses.
Nicolás Escobar told Colombian media “a vision” indicated where to look for the money in the apartment where he lives in the city of Medellín.
He said it was not the first time he found money in places where his uncle used to avoid capture, as Escobar reportedly hid millions in properties. He died in a police shootout in 1993.
At the peak of his career Escobar was said to be the seventh richest person on the planet.
Rumours of Escobar’s hidden fortunes have circulated in Medellín since his death, after he spent decades waging war against the Colombian state to prevent his extradition to the United States.
Nicolás Escobar told Colombian TV channel Red+ Noticias he had also found a typewriter, satellite phones, gold pen, a camera and a film roll yet to be developed.
“Every time I sat in the dining room and looked towards the car park, I saw a man entering the place and disappearing,” he said. “The smell [inside] was astonishing. A smell 100 times worse than something that had died.”
Some of decades-old banknotes were decayed and no longer usable, said Nicolás Escobar, who has been living in the apartment for the last five years.
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