It is not wrong to say that it was Griselda Blanco, one of the notorious female criminals, who eradicated any compassion for female offenders in the justice system worldwide. Not only was she notorious for her big drug deals; She was also a fearless killer, responsible for hundreds of murders committed in the course of transporting drugs from Colombia to the United States.
Also known as the Queen of Drug Trafficking,Griselda was a guru in the Medellin drug cartel that spearheaded the cocaine trade in Colombia and the United States. She was known in Colombia as a ruthless drug lord who goes to great lengths to defeat her enemies in the business. Blanco ruled the world of cocaine trafficking in Colombia until she was shot dead in 2012. Here are lesser-known facts about the drug kingpin.
Griselda Blanco Biography
She was born in Griselda Blanco Restrepo on February 15, 1943, in Cartagena, Colombia by her mother; Ana Lucia Restrepo. Her father’s whereabouts are not really known. Griselda and her mother moved to Medellin, the center of Colombia’s drug trade, when she was three years old. There she took up the illegal life of crime and started pickpocketing. It was reported that Blanco committed her first murder at the age of 11, when she kidnapped and killed a child after an attempted ransom. In her early teens, she was sexually abused by her mother’s boyfriend and eventually ran away at the age of 14. Griselda then resorted to other illegal activities to maintain her position in the notorious city of Medellin.
Blanco soon lives on the streets of Medellin, met members of the Medellin Cartel and also became acquainted with the business. She helped the cartel bring drugs into US states. Miami, New York and Southern California.
Griselda moved to New York in the 1970s. At the time she was married to her second husband. She settled in Queens, New York and built a sustainable drug trafficking business running a strong chain that would become one of the largest cocaine companies in the country. In 1975, Blanco and her empire were charged by federal authorities with drug conspiracy. Before she could be arrested, Griselda Blanco fled to Colombia, but returned a few years later to settle in Miami. Her return to Miami was fraught with terrible episodes of conflict with opponents. Disputes that would mean the bloody end of hundreds of counterparts are said to have hampered Blanco’s deal.
This crime epidemic culminated in the infamous drug war known as the Miami Drug War that lasted for many years. At the time, law enforcement was looking for ways to shut down Miami’s already escalating cocaine trafficking business. Authorities developed CENTAC 26 (Central Tactical Unit), a joint operation involving the Miami-Dade Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Griselda Blanco was caught on February 20, 1985 by DEA agents. She was remanded in custody without bail and later sentenced to more than a decade in prison. Blanco built a strong network in the business and continued her cocaine business while in prison. The drug mogul was to be charged with three murders in prison. However, the case did not prevail. Blanco was released in 2004 and deported to Colombia.
Griselda Blanco amassed enormous wealth from the cocaine trade. The cocaine godmother amassed a total of $2 billion in net worth during her criminal heyday. Blanco was reportedly making up to $80 million a month in the US. She was one of the richest drug dealers of all time.
Family – husbands, sons
Griselda was first married to Carlos Trujillo with whom she had three sons; Dixon, Uber and Osvaldo. Her first three sons succeeded their mother as adults and all met their deaths in Colombia. It is not clear what happened to her first marriage, but Griselda married a second husband Alberto Bravo, her business partner.
What soon seemed like a peaceful coexistence turned into a bloody struggle after Blanco discovered millions of dollars of their winnings were missing. The altercation with her husband in a parking lot soon turned into a shootout and Blanco managed to kill Bravo along with his six bodyguards.
She soon took a third husband, Dario Sepulve, with whom she had her youngest son, Micheal Corleone Blanco. Griselda had her third husband murdered and took custody of their son. This came after Dario kidnapped Michael to force custody after breaking up with Griselda.
death and cause of death
Griselda was killed on September 3, 2012. The cocaine mogul was gunned down in a butcher shop where she had bought meat during the night of the day. Blanco, who had left the store, was gunned down by a man who got off a motorcycle to carry out his operation.