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The infamous "Cocaine Queen" for the Medellin Cartel was gunned down as she left a butcher shop on Monday, dying by the method that she invented years ago, the "Motorcycle Assassination."
As 69-year-old Griselda Blanco was leaving a butcher shop in the northwestern Colombian city of Medellin, a gunman came up to her, put two bullets into her head, and sped away on a motorcycle. She was shot in front of her pregnant daughter-in-law, the wife of her only surviving son, Michael Corleone Blanco, who was named after the Al Pacino character of “Godfather” fame.
Blanco, more popularly known as the “Godmother of Cocaine” was instrumental in smuggling millions of pounds of the white powder into the United States first through Miami, then through nationwide outlets, in the 70s and 80s.
Her stay in Florida was cut short when her style of using violence on her competitors caused many in the drug trade to try and assassinate her, this prompted her move to the west coast to escape her enemies.
She was arrested in 1985 by DEA, and held without bail on drug smuggling charges. After her trial, she was sentenced to just less than 20 years in jail. After she was released from jail, Blanco was deported to Colombia in 2004.
Although she was indicted on three counts of murder as well, the case, brought by Miami-Dade prosecutors in 1998, fell apart on technicalities. It is reported that the chief witness in that case had engaged in phone sex with the secretaries in the Miami-Dade prosecutors office. Those secretaries were later fired and the lead prosecutor resigned.
That case stemmed from the killing of a former enforcer that she had put a hit on as he rode in a car with his son. She was also indicted on putting a hit on two drug dealers who killed in their south Miami home as their children watched tv in another room. She is suspected to having masterminded over 200 murders over the years.
A former lover of Blanco, Charles Cosby recounted in the documentary film “Cocaine Cowboys II” how Blanco had turned to the life of crime at an early age. At 11 years old, Blanco kidnapped and held a child for ransom. When she failed at the ransoming, she eventually shot the child. She then went on to a life of a pickpocket, before turning to prostitution at age 14.
At age 20, she married her first husband, Carlos Trujillo, and had three children with him.
Then, after she married her second husband, Alberto Bravo she moved with him to New York, where they began their cocaine trade. When she and 30 of her subordinates were indicted on drug trafficking charges in 1975 in that state, she fled back to Colombia. Only to return in the late 70s, this time to Miami.
She would marry her third husband, Dario Sepulveda, and have her youngest son, Michael with him. It wasn’t long before he took the child and fled back to Colombia after a custody dispute, she would have him assassinated in 1983 and have her son brought back to her in the United States.
The female scarface who came up with the idea of exporting cocaine to the United States long before the cartels began the practice, would keep a low-profile in Colombia after her deportation, living off the proceeds of real estate investments.
She died by the killing method that she had herself invented.
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