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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Griselda Blanco, Queen Of Cocaine, Shot Death In Colombia (Photo)

Griselda Blanco, a former drug lord for the
Medellín Cartel and a pioneer in the Miami-
based cocaine drug trade, was gunned
down in Colombia by an assassin on
Monday. The drug queen-pin was
reportedly taken out by two gunmen on a
motorcycle as she walked out of a butcher
shop in her hometown of Medellin.

Blanco, 69, was dominant during the drug-
related violence known as the Cocaine
Cowboy Wars that plagued Miami during the
1970s and 1980s. Known as the Godmother
of Cocaine, she is said to have been the
matriarch of a drug network that brought
an estimated $8 million worth of cocaine
into the United States per month.

Blanco was arrested in 1985 in a cocaine
trafficking case in New York, and she was
released in 1998 to Florida authorities. She
pleaded no contest in October 1998 to three
counts of second-degree murder.

Blanco reportedly continued to spearhead
her cocaine operation while she was in jail.
Despite the fact that the Miami-Dade State
Attorney's Office obtained sufficient
evidence to indict her for three additional
murders, the cases against her collapsed
and she was released from prison and
deported to Colombia in 2004.

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