“I been imprisoned since the day I was born. I’m used to it. Trust no one in this life. No more weakness. Have you ever worked for a woman? Women are like spiders, they pull you into their web until you can no longer breathe.” Before El Chapo, before Pablo Escobar there was Miami drug lord Griselda Blanco, the ‘Cocaine Godmother,’ the Queen of all King Pins.
“Someone has to keep food on the table. Try to make money. Nobody gets in our way, no body.” Colombian-born Blanco entered the drug business with her second husband Alberto Bravo while living in Queens, New York during the mid-’70s. In 1975 she fled back to Colombia to escape charges. According to reports that same year she confronted her husband and six bodyguards about money missing from the business. A gun fight ensued that resulted in the death of her husband and six of his bodyguards. Blanco escaped with only minor injuries.
“Nobody insults this family.” In the 1980s she reemerged in Miami where she became a leading player in the city’s infamous “Cocaine Cowboy Wars.” At its peak, her drug ring brought in $80 million a month and spanned the entire hemisphere. She developed a violent ruthless reputation and somehow always managed to escape her competitor’s numerous assassination attempts. She was eventually jailed (though for a time she still ran her empire from her cell) but was released in 2004.
Griselda Blanco was assassinated in Colombia in 2012. Directed by Guillermo Navarro from a screenplay written by David McKenna ‘Cocaine Godmother’ starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Raúl Méndez and Juan Pablo Espinosa premieres January 20, 2018 at 8/7c on Lifetime.
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