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Griselda Blanco was an important Colombian drug trafficker who will now have a new series starring Sofía Vergara.
A series recently premiered that talks about this Colombian drug trafficker who became as important to the United States government as Pablo Escobar himself, so we want to tell you here The true story of Griselda Blanco, the so-called “Queen of Cocaine”.
The true story of Griselda Blanco
According to the InSight Crime site, Ana Griselda Blanco Restrepo was one of the first large-scale cocaine traffickers to the United States and one of the most important between 1970 and 1980 in Miami.
In addition to knowing her by the nickname “Queen of Cocaine”was also known as “The Godmother” for his alleged relationship with Pablo Escobar, as well as the “Black Widow” for the deaths of her three husbands.
But she is also recognized as one of the innovators in the criminal world. for hiring people as “mules” to smuggle drugs at airportsas well as by hiring hitmen to get rid of their enemies.
His early years
The story of Griselda Blanco begins in Santa Marta, Colombia, on February 15, 1943.. Years later, in 1955, she moved with her mother to Medellín; here she frequented neighborhoods like Leuven and Santísima Trinidad, where he began to commit different crimes, such as robbing passers-by and houses..
Then she met the man who would be her first husband and father of her first three children, Carlos Trujillo, who was then dedicated to falsifying documents and visas from the United States. However, in the mid-70s, she died of cirrhosis, when Griselda was already beginning to enter drug trafficking thanks to her contact Alberto Bravowho was her lover and ended up being her second husband.
At first, The two only trafficked remnants of pure and legal cocaine that they bought from two nurses at a clinic in Medellín.. Yes, Alberto Bravo was selling it ten times its real value in New York, using as a front an alleged import and export business that he had with his brother.
As they realized that they were making a lot of money, both Griselda Blanco and her partner thought of several ways to expand their business, working with partners such as José Antonio Cabrera Sarmiento, alias “Pepe Cabrera”, who had a fleet of cargo planes, and with the Ochoa Vásquez brothers, co-founders of the Medellín Cartel.
Arrives in the United States
It would not be until the early 1970s that Blanco and Bravo would settle in Queens, New York, from where they trafficked large quantities of cocaine and marijuana produced in Colombia, Peru and Bolivia.
For this reason, in October 1974, the United States government included Griselda Blanco on the most wanted list and became the main target of “Operation Banshee”one of the first from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
After that, Griselda allegedly murdered her husband Alberto Bravo in 1975 and continued the business. But after a while she married her third husband, Darío Sepúlveda, and also expanded his business throughout Miami, beginning a confrontation with his rivals.
Arrest and murder
It was not until early 1985 that Blanco was arrested in Irvine, California.along with 12 members of his organization in different operations carried out in Panama, Colombia and the United States.
After his arrest, a judge sentenced her to 15 years in prison without the right to bail, as well as the payment of a fine. But in 1995, while he was still in prison serving his sentence, the Gabacha authorities They accused her of three murders based on the testimony of one of her former hitmen, Jorge Ayala..
Faced with this new accusation, he pleaded guilty in 1998 in exchange for a reduction in his sentence. for which she was released and deported to Colombia in 2004..
Griselda Blanco’s story would end in 2012, since after several years of living quietly in Medellín, two hitmen murdered her in front of a butcher shop, in the Belén neighborhood.
Have you already seen the series? Now you know the most relevant facts about the life of this Colombian drug trafficker.
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