25 Facts about Griselda Blanco and The Cocaine Cowboys

Presenting a grisly list: 25 Facts about Griselda Blanco and The Cocaine Cowboys! Let’s face it,  Griselda Blanco was a bloodthirsty drug lord.  She used murder and mayhem to build her drug empire, and no one was safe from her evil ways.

Blanco committed some heinous acts. They included killing her lovers, forcing children to become mules, and people having sex with her at gunpoint. 

Interestingly, she was also remembered as a loving mother and businesswoman. There’s no denying it, Blanco was a fascinating person. So without further ado, here are 25 facts about Griselda Blanco and The Cocaine Cowboys.

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She was called La Madrina

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One of her nicknames, along with The Black Widow, was La Madrina. It translates to The Godmother. The story goes that she got this nickname after she killed one of her enemies and shouted “I’m the f–ing Godmother.


She is the mastermind behind the Miami Cocaine Wars

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If you lived in Miami during the 80s then you probably remember The Cocaine Cowboys and the amount of violence that occurred. Griselda Blanco was behind most, if not all of it.


One of her many enemies was Pablo Escobar

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Another name associated with drug dealing and violence was Pablo Escobar. Some say he was a protege of Blanco. However, many people claim this was not accurate and the two had engaged in a bloody war instead.


She was known to throw quite the fiesta

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When she wasn’t committing mass murder and selling large quantities of cocaine, la madrina was known to throw wild parties filled with drug dealers, prostitutes and plenty of drugs.


She started her drug business in New York

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She was introduced to the drug game by her first husband Carlos Trujillo who she later ended up killing. She went into business by herself and even though business was good, she had to relocate to Florida when authorities closed in her illegal activities.

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