Griselda Blanco

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Mugshot of Griselda Blanco in 1997

Griselda Blanco Restrepo (February 15, 1943 – September 3, 2012), better known as the Cocaine Godmother, Black Widow and La Madrina, was a Colombian drug lord of the Medellín Cartel. She was also involved in the Miami-based cocaine trafficking and organized crime between the 1980s and 2000s. It has been said that Blanco was responsible for almost 2,000 murders as she was transporting cocaine from Colombia to New York City, Southern California and Miami.[1] On September 3, 2012, she was assassinated at age of sixty-nine.[2]

Background[change | change source]

Blanco was the first-ever billionaire female criminal. She was in charge of her multi-billion dollar drug trafficking business.

Blanco first started the drug trade business in the mid-1970s. She was indicted in April 1975 on federal drug conspiracy charges. She left the United States and went to Colombia before she could be arrested. However, in the late 1970s, she came back to the United States. This time, Blanco settled in Miami.

Arrest[change | change source]

On February 18, 1985, Blanco was arrested by cops. In 2004, after Blanco was released from prison, she was deported to Columbia.[3]

Retirement and killing[change | change source]

Blanco reportedly retired from a life of crime. On September 3, 2012, a gunman in a motorcycle shot her to death as she left a butcher shop in Medellín. She was 69 years old.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Godmother of Cocaine Shot Dead in Colombia". Guardian. Retrieved May 15, 2021.
  2. "Cocaine Godmother Griselda Blanco is Gunned Down in Colombia". Miami Herald. Retrieved May 15, 2021.
  3. "Godmother of Crime". Maxim. Archived from the original on June 14, 2010. Retrieved May 15, 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)