George Jung’s connection in California was Richard Barile, and Jung used Barile in his cocaine smuggling scheme with Carlos Lehder and the Colombian gang. The idea was to smuggle cocaine from Colombia to the United States while leaving Richard Barile in charge of distribution.
At Danbury, Carlos Lehder and George Jung shared a cell. Lehder brought Jung to the cartel, and Jung later educated Lehder on smuggling. Due to his concern that introducing Barile to Lehder would exclude him from the operation, Jung was always hesitant to do so.
Later on, when he did introduce the two men, Lehder turned on Jung and bypassed Barile, precisely as Jung had feared. George was able to bounce back at the time, earning more than $100 million from other scams, despite Lehder ultimately betraying Jung.