DEA agents who inspired hit show 'Narcos' will speak at WSU event

  • Steve Murphy and Javier Peña, two world touring DEA agents responsible for the capture of Pablo Escobar, will be speaking at 7 p.m. Friday, March 9, at WSU's Hughes Metropolitan Complex.
  • Murphy and Peña pursued Escobar, the world’s first narco-terrorist, resulting in the final chase and eventual shooting of the criminal in 1993.
  • The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

The Student Activities Council at Wichita State will host world touring DEA agents Steve Murphy and Javier Peña for “Narcos”: The DEA Agents Who Captured Pablo Escobar, at 7 p.m. Friday, March 9, at WSU’s Hughes Metropolitan Complex at 29th and Oliver.

Many have watched the popular Netflix Original Series “Narcos,” which tells the story of the historic take down of Pablo Escobar. Murphy and Peña will discuss their experiences in relation to the events depicted in the series and share insider secrets about what actually happened during the take down of the world’s first narco-terrorist.

In 1988, Peña volunteered for an assignment at the DEA office in Bogota, Colombia. Shortly thereafter, he was joined by Murphy, and together they pursued Escobar until the final chase and shooting of the criminal in 1993.

Their presentation will be followed by a Q&A opportunity during which Murphy and Peña will entertain questions related to their investigation, the making of the hit Netflix show “Narcos,” what history-changing investigation is next for them and more.

Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased for $15 at and at the door. Wichita State students may purchase one discount ticket at the rate of $5 in the Student Involvement office. Students must present a valid Wichita State student ID and pay with cash or check only. All remaining tickets will be available for purchase once the doors open at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 9 beginning at the Metropolitan Complex. All ticket sales, online and in person, will end at 2 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Seating is general admission.