Audio Interview: Retired Officer William McGreal, who busted cocaine trafficker George Jung depicted in ‘Blow’

Retired State Trooper William “Bill” McGreal worked undercover in the drug and major crime units; he’s also the trooper who infiltrated George Jung’s drug organization back in the late 70′s and was able to bust him.

Weymouth born Jung, brought the “mass marketing” of cocaine into the United States. Jung was a part of the Medellín Cartel, which was responsible for up to 89 percent of the cocaine smuggled into the United States. He was depicted in the 2001 movie “Blow” starring Johnny Depp. Jung was released from prison to halfway house on June 2, 2014 after serving nearly 20 years for drug-smuggling.

This interview by WATD’s Christine James features not just the drug bust of George Jung, but more information about what was happening here on the South Shore and the area, crime wise and drug wise during that time. Also what happens when you go “undercover”. Plus, McGreal offers a perspective on the drugs that were around then and the ones prevalent now.



McGreal receiving “Trooper of the Year” award in 1981


McGreal undercover

McGreal as an undercover officer


George Jung and Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp and George Jung

Click below for archived newspaper articles and paperwork on William “Bill” McGreal:

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About Christine James

Christine James is the Managing News Editor, and anchor at WATD. She has been a fixture here since 1990. Along the way in her WATD newsroom journey, she has won numerous broadcast awards including the Associated Press and Edward R. Murrow National Award for "Best Newscast."