Most people would be proud to have their family members’ names known worldwide. However, the daughter of George and Mirtha Jung spent most of her young years trying to lead a life completely separate from her world-wide known parents. So today, where is the daughter of one of the biggest drug smugglers in the 1970s? What kind of life does she have?
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Early life and Family
Kristina Sunshine Jung was born on 1 August 1978, in the USA. Her parents are the infamous drug smuggler George Jung, who was a member of the Medellin Cartel, and his former wife and a drug addict, Mirtha Jung.
She had a difficult childhood because of her parents’ endeavors.
Mirtha was on drugs even during her pregnancy, and remained a drugs user until Kristina was three years old, when she was arrested for drug possession. At this time, she’d already separated from George, who was also sentenced to years in prison for his illegal activities. Because of this, Kristina was raised by her paternal grandparents Ermine and Frederick Jung. For a long time, they established stability and safety for her, away from her parents. They would provide her with a new box of toys and clothes every year, and tried their best to enable her to have a normal childhood.
When Kristina’s grandfather passed away, hre custody was given to her aunt, Marie Jung, with whom she remained until her 18th birthday. However, throughout her childhood, she has had a good relationship with her mother, who left drugs and bean living a clean life for the sake of her daughter.
As of June 2020, there is no disclosed information about Kristina’s exact place of birth and the schools she went to.
In 2001, the movie “Blow” was released, starring Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz and Franka Potente, which focused on the life story of George Jung, his wife and his daughter.
The movie was nominated for an Academy Award, and put the Jung family back in the headlines. Kristina herself appeared in a deleted scene in the film, as one of the people in the courtroom. In the film, Kristina was portrayed by Emma Roberts.
The film was based on Bruce Porter’s book called “Blow: How a Small Town Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellin Cocaine Cartel and Lost It All” that was published in 1993.
George Jung was a major figure in illegal cocaine smuggling operations in the 1970s and the early 1980s. He became a big name in the cartel after he started working with his former cellmate, Carlos Lehder.
The two of them became the leaders of one of the first and biggest drug smuggling operations between Colombia and the US – during the early 1980s, they were smuggling around 80% of the world’s cocaine. George was arrested several times for his activities – finally in 1994, he was detained in Topeka, Kansas US, and sentenced to 60 years in prison. Jung was released in 2014 after serving 20 years, but has had at least one minor arrest since then.
According to the movie, Kristina never visited her father in jail, despite his constant wishes and pleas, and their relationship was distant, unlike her connection with her mother Mirtha.
However reports state that after the movie their relationship improved and that Kristina made her first visit in 2002, a year after the film was released. She continued being a regular visitor until he was released in 2014, and is said to be among the first people who gave him a ‘phone call.
George Jung’s life was depicted in several more books, such as Al Cimino’s “Drug Wars: the Blood Reign of Mexican Cartels” and William Rodriguez-Abadia’s “Yo Soy El Hiro Del Cartel De Cali”.
Kristina tied the knot with Romain Karan, and they have a daughter they named Athena Romina Karan. As of June 2020, the couple is living in California.
Almost nothing is known about their private lives, as they stay away from the spotlight, but they’ve lived in several cities in California, including San Mateo, Millbrae, Concord and Walnut Creek.
She is active on the social media platform Instagram, on which she has more than 35,000 followers. Although her profile is private, it is noticeable that she no longer has any problems with who her father is, as her caption names her as the ‘Smuggler’s Daughter’. In fact, she even created her own clothing line – Smuggler’s Daughter Wear (also known as Boston George Apparel and Merchandise) – and sells various clothing items with captions such as “Cocaine express” and “Blow”.
She often expresses gratitude towards her grandparents on her Instagram posts.
Kristina also has a Facebook profile, but as of the latest years, she isn’t very active on it.
Contrary to her childhood, in the last decade, Kristina appears to be a lot closer to her father than to her mother, at least in public. One of the reasons for this might be because Mirtha Jung declines public appearances, and is trying to lead a private life.
Kristina has been under police custody on a charge of drug possession.
Kristina is a poet and writer; she is said to be working on a book that will describe the life of her mother.
As her father George Jung lost all of his fortune when he was arrested in 1994, Kristina allegedly never benefited from her father’s illegally gained wealth. On the other hand, she runs a rather successful business selling merchandise including various clothing items. On the other hand, the film “Blow” earned a lot of money, but it isn’t known whether or not the Jung family earned anything from it. The movie was made with a $53 million budget, but grossed more than $83 million in the Box office. As of June 2020, her net worth is estimated at around $150,000.
Kristina is a blonde woman with a slightly tanned skin tone and dark eyes. She is 5ft 6ins (1.67m) tall, but her weight isn’t known; she is of average build.