BiographyThe truth about Kristina Sunshine Jung

The truth about Kristina Sunshine Jung



Most people would be proud to have the names of their family members known around the world. However, the daughter of George and Mirtha Jung spent most of her young years trying to lead a life completely separate from her world-famous parents. So today, where is the daughter of one of the biggest drug traffickers of the 1970s? What kind of life does she have?

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Early life and family

Kristina Sunshine Jung was born on August 1, 1978 in the United States. His parents are infamous drug dealer George Jung, who was a member of the Medellin Cartel, and his ex-wife and drug addict, Mirtha Jung.

She had a difficult childhood because of the efforts of her parents.

Mirtha was drugged even during her pregnancy and remained a drug addict until the age of three, when she was arrested for drug possession. By this time, she had already separated from George, who had also been sentenced to years in prison for his illegal activities. For this reason, Kristina was raised by her paternal grandparents Ermine and Frederick Jung. For a long time they established stability and security for her, away from her parents. They provided him with a new box of toys and clothes every year and did their best to let him have a normal childhood.

When Kristina’s grandfather died, her custody was given to her aunt, Marie Jung, with whom she remained until her 18th birthday. However, throughout her childhood, she had a good relationship with her mother, who gave up drugs and beans to lead a clean life for her daughter’s sake.

As of June 2020, no information has been released about Kristina’s exact birthplace and the schools she attended.


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 daughter.

The film was nominated for an Oscar and put the Jung family back in the headlines. Kristina herself appeared in a deleted scene from the film, as one of the people in the courtroom. In the film, Kristina was played by Emma Roberts.

The film was based on Bruce Porter’s book “Blow: How a Small Town Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellin Cocaine Cartel and Lost It All” which was released in 1993.

George Jung was a major figure in the illegal cocaine smuggling operations of the 1970s and early 1980s. He became a big name in the cartel after he began working with his former cellmate, Carlos Lehder.

The two became leaders of one of the first and largest drug trafficking operations between Colombia and the United States – in the early 1980s they smuggled 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 film, Kristina never visited her father in prison, despite his constant wishes and pleas, and their relationship was distant, unlike her relationship with her mother Mirtha.

George Jung

However, reports indicate that after the film, their relationship improved and Kristina made her first visit in 2002, a year after the film was released. She continued to be a regular visitor until her release in 2014 and is said to be among the first people to call her.

George Jung’s life has been described in several other books, such as “Drug Wars: the Blood Reign of Mexican Cartels” by Al Cimino and “Yo Soy El Hiro Del Cartel De Cali” by William Rodriguez-Abadia.

Private life

Kristina married Romain Karan, and they have a daughter named Athena Romina Karan. Since June 2020, the couple has been living in California.

Almost nothing is known of their private lives, as they stay out of the spotlight, but they have 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 over 35,000 followers. Although her profile is private, it is noted that she no longer has any issues with who her father is, as her caption names her 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 apparel with captions such as “Cocaine express” and “Blow”.

Posted by Kristina Sunshine Jung on Wednesday, December 4, 2013

She often expresses her gratitude to her grandparents on her Instagram posts.

Kristina also has a Facebook profile, but in recent years she hasn’t been very active there.

Unlike her childhood, in the last decade, Kristina appears much closer to her father than her mother, at least in public. One of the reasons for this could be that Mirtha Jung refuses public appearances and tries to lead a private life.

Kristina was taken into custody for drug possession.

Kristina is a poet and writer; it is said that she is working on a book that will describe her mother’s life.

Net value

As her father George Jung lost his entire fortune when he was arrested in 1994, Kristina would never have benefited from the wealth illegally acquired by her father. On the other hand, she runs a rather successful business selling merchandise including various clothing items. On the other hand, the movie “Blow” brought in a lot of money, but whether the Jung family profited from it or not is unknown. The film was made on a budget of $53 million, but earned over $83 million at the box office. As of June 2020, his net worth is estimated to be around $150,000.

Physical characteristics

Kristina is a blonde woman with lightly tanned skin and dark eyes. She is 1.67m (5ft 6in) tall, but her weight is not known. she is of medium build.

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