Skip to comments.“Cocaine godmother” Griselda Blanco gunned down in Colombia
Posted on 09/04/2012 7:25:15 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
Griselda Blanco, the drug kingpin known for her blood-soaked style of street vengeance during Miamis cocaine cowboys era of the 70s and 80s, was shot to death in Medellin by a motorcycle-riding assassin Monday.
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Justice has been served.
Obama taking over the trade.
There was a documentary on HBO call “Cocaine Cowboys” about how coke destroyed and also built Miami. She was featured. Riveting documentary.
I saw that documentary. The one dude who somehow survived a meeting with her, in which he was to be executed (before the Godmother changed her mind)... as he was relating the story, you could still see the abject terror in his eyes at the mention of her name.
Didn’t she also marry an Oakland dealer while she was in prison? Was that the guy? I saw the documentary (well, one of them) and it was indeed riveting.
For that alone, Ayala should have rode the lightning.
It’s a man, baby!
She looks like John Gotti.
Not that I remember. This was just someone who crossed her the wrong way. All his associates had been brought to her so she could kill them personally, he was the last. For some reason (I forget why) she spared him and he started working for her until he Witness Protected out.
I saw the documentary (well, one of them) and it was indeed riveting.
It was a good series.
I can’t believe she’s survived this long. For a thug, she’s had a long life. I haven’t seen NBC’s documentary, but did watch “Cocaine Cowboys”. My ex-husband was from Ft. Lauderdale, and his family lived through those times in the 70s and 80s.
Its amazing she lasted as long as she did. Pablo Escobar got assassinated by “Columbian cops” (likely actually American Operators) ... why not her?
Should’ve been taken-out a long time ago.
No more snort-snort for that fat mama-san.
better late than never?
Live by the automatic...die by the automatic...
Who will bury this evil woman?
Looks like Al Lewis.
No sympathy from me. Good riddance.
IIRC, that guy fire-bombed a house (the fire shown from a TV report) in order to get on her good side.
How ironic. Giselda seems to be such a pretty name.
Right, now I remember.
It was great on SNL as “Pat”.
Not a very nice retirement.
well I’ll be damned...I often wondered what took so long
Q. “Do you have a driver’s license?”
A. “Yes, I got six of them.”
We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas. -Steve Jobs
Trying to get back into the biz after all these years? Probably the younger generation didn’t like her trying to horn in on their action.
those sort of shenanigans are not new down in MyAmUh
there was a case in the early 90s whereby convicted large scale pot-cocaine smuggler Charles Goldman while in custody seduced the IRS attorney investigating his case and she would writ him out of Miami Federal Correctional Institute so she could bang him in her office in the Federal Courthouse or ..it gets better ...in a prosecutor's lounge adjacent to the US Attorney's office Dexter Lehtinen...which is how she was caught....they left...ahem...let's call it "evidence"
and the agent was extremely attractive
Goldman was quite a character...claimed to be a warlock...
Enjoy Hell you evil b*tch.
She did indeed Laz marry a young black dope dealer from Oakland who had read about her and thought she could supply him with coke...which she did...in a big way.
For the record...she killed a lot of people...probably more than anyone in her Miami heyday of the Cocaine Cowboys thru Ayala and all the others fellas she had
but she never moved the product that Medellin or Cali cartels did
she was just brazen enough to live and stay here in the US and kill a lot of folks here on US soil
but contrary to legend, she was minor compared to Pablo, Gacha, the Ochoas, Abellos, Orejuelas etc...
but who’s counting...20-30 tonnes of coke is still a buttload of cash even if less than the 1000s of tonnes the other groups moved in the old days of late 70s to early 90s
the Cartels literally did have billions in sales...Griselda never got close to that
Charles Cosby, recounts how she, at age 11, allegedly kidnapped, tried to ransom, and eventually shot a child from the upscale flatland neighborhood near her hillside slum neighborhood. By her preteens, she had become a pickpocket, and at the age of 14 she ran away from her physically abusive mother and resorted to prostitution for a few years in Medellín, until age 20. She married her first husband, Carlos Trujillo, at that time, and bore him three sons: Dixon, Uber, and Osvaldo.
In the mid-1970s, Blanco and her second husband, Alberto Bravo, emigrated to the United States, settling in Queens, New York. They established a sizable cocaine business there, and in April 1975, Blanco was indicted on federal drug conspiracy charges along with 30 of her subordinates, at that time the biggest cocaine case in history. She fled to Colombia before she could be arrested, but in the late 1970s she returned to Miami.
Blanco was involved in much of the drug-related violence known as the Cocaine Cowboy Wars that plagued Miami in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when cocaine supplanted marijuana. Her distribution network, which spanned the United States, brought in US$8 million per month. Blanco’s violent business style brought government scrutiny to South Florida, leading to the demise of her organization and the free-wheeling, high profile Miami drug scene of those times. She is suspected of having masterminded over 200 murders during this time in Dade County.
In 1984, Blanco’s willingness to use violence against her Miami competitors, or anyone who displeased her, led her rivals to make repeated attempts to kill her. She moved to California to escape the assassination attempts. On 20 February 1985, she was arrested by DEA agents in her home. Held without bail, Blanco was sentenced to more than a decade in jail. She continued to run her cocaine business while in jail. By pressuring one of her lieutenants, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office obtained sufficient evidence to indict her for three murders. However, the case collapsed, largely due to technicalities, and Blanco was released from prison and deported to Colombia in 2004. Before her death in 2012, she was last seen in Bogota Airport in 2007 where a photo was taken of her.
Blanco bore her youngest son, Michael Corleone Blanco, with Dario Sepulveda. Dario left Blanco in 1983 and returned to Colombia, kidnapping Michael when he and Griselda disagreed about who would take custody. Blanco paid to have Dario assassinated in Colombia, and had her son returned to her in Miami. According to a report in Miami New Times, “Michael’s father and older siblings were all killed before he reached adulthood. His mom was in prison for most of his childhood and teenage years, and he was raised by his maternal grandmother and legal guardians.”
US assets helped with listening and tracking which ultimately got Escobar’s precise location in Medellin after he stayed on the phone with his son in Bogota too long
US had/has ground assets there too but there is film of Colombian Elite Battalion and DAS agents..who are proficient and trained and assisted by us against Narcos and leftist insurgents...and the shootout with Pablo
why not Griselda?
she was not much threat anymore...Pablo was...he wreaked havoc down there and killed 100s or 1000s of Colombian cops and judges and civilians...he actually blew up and destroyed the equivalent of the FBI’s headquarters...in broad daylight...and that was just for starters
but what really got Pablo was PEPES...a counter group of other Narcos tired of his shite...Cali and Victor Caranza of Muzo and others...they were the ones who kept up the heat and could find him the quickest and they killed his helpers soon as they could find them
Pablo was boxed in..and he sorta brought it on himself..sure the Colombian govt that had taken money from him forever betrayed him with extradition but he coulda quit like Jorge Ochoa did...years before and lived out a comfortable ranchers life down there being immensely wealthy
this stuff went to their heads...Pablo ran for office...Carlos Lehder started a goofy Hitler's Woodmen type political party...I used to see them handing out pamphlets all the while in their brownshirt giddyups
too much money and too much toot in their brains...
some used their heads though..a few..and created quiet dynasties...cursed likely..but nonetheless survivors in a very to say the least environment
The 69-year-old Blanco was shot twice in the head outside the shop in the Belen neighborhood by a hitman who sped away on a motorcycle.
She was with her pregnant daughter-in-law, who was not hurt in the shooting, police spokesmen said.
Blanco came up with the idea of “exporting cocaine” to the United States and was known for not hesitating to kill anyone, including one of her husbands, who got in her way.
Blanco was convicted of conspiracy to smuggle cocaine into the United States in 1985, served two decades in prison and was deported to Colombia in 2004.
The former drug trafficker kept a low profile since returning to Colombia despite once being considered one of the wealthiest women in the world. EFE
It’s a streach to refer to THAT as a she!!!
I’m aware of the story on Escobar, the involvement of SEALs and SFOD-D, and I know who the Pepes were. There have been persistent rumors that it actually was primarily an SFOD-D operation with credit passed to Columbian forces — and that an American sniper fired the fatal shots.
Maybe ... maybe not. I don’t think it is beyond the realm of possibility that the story of Killing Pablo isn’t the whole story, or that the US would take-out Escobar and pass the victory along to the Columbian cops. Columbia was largely overmatched by Escobar ... they’d need a LOT of help, and, if we helped, we wouldn’t want credit, and they’d need the victory. Makes sense.
I’d agree that Escobar was a much bigger problem than Griselda. She was a fairly run-of-the-mill Columbian murderess and druglord ... perhaps unusually brutal, but not a large-scale threat. Escobar was a legit terrorist that had a whole country in lockdown.