Griselda Blanco, A.K.A. “the Cocaine Godmother” was gunned down in her native Colombia yesterday. Blanco was a notorious cocaine trafficker for the infamous Medellin Cartel. Blanco is said to be responsible for approximately 250 murders in the 1970s and 80s. She is credited with invention the tactic of assassination from a motorcycle. Ironically, that same method was how she met her demise.
Blanco, 69, spent nearly two decades behind bars in the United States for drug trafficking and three murders, including the 1982 slaying of a 2-year-old boy in Miami.
Called the “Godmother of Cocaine,” she was deported in 2004 to Colombia, where she maintained a low profile.
Colombia’s national police confirmed her slaying late Monday. According to Colombian press reports, two gunmen on motorcycles pulled up to Blanco as she walked out of a butcher shop in Medellin, her hometown. One man pumped two bullets into her head, according to El Colombiano newspaper. It was the sort of death many had predicted for her: Blanco has been credited with inventing the idea of the “motorcycle assassin” who rode by victims and sprayed them with bullets.
“It’s surprising to all of us that she had not been killed sooner because she made a lot of enemies,” former Miami homicide detective Nelson Andreu, who investigated her, said late Monday. “When you kill so many and hurt so many people like she did, it’s only a matter of time before they find you and try to even the score.”
Her antics were like a scene out gritty mobster movies. In fact, Blanco was a primary character in a popular documentary, Cocaine Cowboys, a gritty expose on drug trafficking and the subsequent cocaine wars in South Florida. Her story proved to be so popular, her story was further explored in Cocaine Cowboys 2.
Blanco’s legacy of murder and mayhem is reminiscent of the carnage we have witnessed in Mexico.