Its been a minute since we put the spotlight on a Woman, so we set off our 2018 Profile features with a ‘Queen Of The Pack’ entry on the legendary Griselda Blanco, a Colombia-born high-level operative in the infamous Medellin Cartel, known for trafficking cocaine in major urban centers like Miami, Florida.
Born in Cartagena, Colombia, on February 15, 1943, and raised by an abusive mother, Griselda Blanco turned to a life of crime and prostitution at a young age.
She soon became involved with Colombia’s infamous Medellin Cartel, helping to push Colombian cocaine throughout the United States, specifically to New York, Miami and Southern California. Members of the cartel were able to smuggle large quantities of cocaine across the border using special undergarments that Blanco had presumably designed and manufactured.
In the mid-1970s, Griselda Blanco left Colombia for New York.
By this time, the infamous drug trafficker was running a massive narcotics ring, her standing in the industry rising to a level that would match other kingpins like Pablo Escobar.Throughout her time in the United States, Blanco’s continued involvement in the Colombian drug trade led to her participation in several other crimes, including driveby shootings and other murders motivated by drugs, money and power. By the late 1970s, detectives had linked her to dozens of murders, including a 1979 drug-rival shooting in a Miami liquor store, but she always managed to evade authorities.In the 1980s, Blanco was living comfortably in a newly purchased home in Miami. By this time, the infamous drug trafficker had become a millionaire, and had taken on various nicknames, including the “Godmother,” “Queen of Cocaine” and “Black Widow.” However, her luck finally ran out in February 1985, when she was captured by DEA agents in Irvine, California.Conviction and Prison Time
Blanco’s trial, which began in New York in June 1985, ended with a conviction on one count of conspiracy to manufacture, import into the United States, and distribute cocaine.
Despite being accused of several Florida slayings, she escaped murder charges, and was sentenced to 15 years behind bars.
In 1994, Blanco, now a federal prison inmate, was transported back to Miami on three murder charges. She ended up pleading guilty to the three murder charges, and following a deal with prosecutors, she received a 10-year sentence. In June 2004, she was released from prison and deported back to Colombia.
Death & Legacy
On September 3, 2012, at age 69, Blanco was murdered in Medellin, Colombia.
Blanco’s story was a source of fascination and she was prominently featured in Billy Corben’s 2006 documentary Cocaine Cowboys, as well as its 2008 sequel, and we’re pleased to say you can view ‘Cocaine Cowboys’ on our YouTube Channel’s ‘Music, Sports & Culture’ Playlist.
Griselda represents all the worst things about the Drug trade…Her life is an example of how a Psychopath can thrive in a world where their base personality can be utilised and even applauded as a means of instilling fear in Rivals and ensuring advancement in the business.
Ultimately, she died exactly how she lived…By the Sword.