Griselda Blanco – The godmother of the drug world, the ‘killer’ of 200 people.
Growing up amidst poverty and financial struggles had extinguished any emotions in her heart early on. The life beyond poverty that she chose was extremely perilous, and it led her towards a deadly pact with death. The innocent age, where hands tremble at the thought of holding a gun, where the sight of blood doesn’t cause distress, and where taking someone’s life doesn’t evoke remorse. Imagine how ruthless she must have been. How heartless. How cunning. She became the most venomous character in the world of drug, crime and cocaine starting with the name Griselda Blanco. Her criminal tale is the venomous saga of sins – she is that beautiful woman.
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1. Griselda Blanco – a big name in the world of drugs.
Her journey began with a childhood incident of murder and stepped into adolescence, marrying at the age of 13 to a criminal who dealt with small crimes. His name was Carlos Trujillo, involved in making fake passports, a business Griselda also learned.
In the 1970s, at the age of 27, she found a way to escape the life of poverty. Albert Bravo, a friend of her husband, became her partner. He was the one who brought beautiful girls into the drug business. This was part of her crime. First, she got rid of her first husband who stood in her way, and then she chose her husband herself. In 1972, with Albert Bravo, she reached New York in Queens from Colombia using a fake passport.
2. Collaborating with Albert Bravo, she established the reign of narcotics.
In Haseena’s eyes, the beauty of women was the weapon through which she could live her dreams and bid farewell to a life of poverty. Partnering with Albert Bravo, this beauty commenced the narcotics business, destined to become America’s Most Wanted and known as the Queen of Drug Traffickers.
More names were to be added to her record of history: La Madrina, The Cocaine Godmother, The Queen of Narcotics, and The Black Widow. She initiated the expansion of the business. To advance the drug trade every day, her diabolical mind gave birth to various schemes.
3. She made female arrangements to establish drug transportation.
She devised a way to advance the empire of the beautiful but deadly kingdom of white poison. Not only did she remain hidden from the eyes of the police, but she also succeeded in spreading this poison worldwide. She turned female undergarments into a means of drug transportation.
She devised various plans to work, having multiple strategies to easily bring cocaine into the country without catching the authorities’ attention. Luxury had arrived in her life, and no one knew the intricacies of her business.
4. She found an infallible way to expand her empire.
She had acquired a large apartment in Queens, New York. Her children were no longer kids, and they were eager to join their mother in the business. She devised an infallible way to discreetly spread the drug trade across the world. Her black empire started spreading, posing an anonymous challenge to the police.
5. The cocaine business was booming in America.
In 1975, the police launched Operation Banshee, conducting raids on drug locations. Griselda Blanco’s name came to the forefront for the first time in front of the American Drug Enforcement Agency. About 40 kingpins associated with the Blancos were apprehended, but by the time the police reached Blanco, she had fled with her second husband, Albert Bravo, and children. She first went to Colombia and then established her second base in America, Miami.
Her entry as the Drug Queen in Miami was not welcomed by the local drug cartels, and soon there was chaos and bloodshed. Griselda Blanco had a distinctive style, executing hits on a motorcycle and escaping after committing a murder. Miami drug cartels quickly bowed to the Drug Queen, and every day there was bloodshed. Griselda’s style included drive-by motorcycle shootings that resulted in immediate escape.
Griselda Blanco’s move to Miami didn’t sit well with the local drug cartels, and soon there was a lot of violence. Griselda had a distinctive style, using drive-by motorcycle shootings for assassinations and then quickly escaping. Miami drug cartels quickly submitted to the Drug Queen, and every day there was bloodshed. Griselda’s style included drive-by motorcycle shootings that resulted in immediate escape.
She had successfully created a means of drug transportation using female undergarments to advance the empire of the beautiful but deadly kingdom of white poison. Not only did she stay hidden from the police, but she also successfully spread this poison worldwide. Her life had entered a phase of luxury, and no one knew the intricacies of her business. She had successfully left behind the life of poverty, becoming the owner of immeasurable wealth, selling around $600 million worth of cocaine every month in America.
6. Griselda Blanco had the most love for her business and her children.
She couldn’t tolerate anyone coming between her business and her children. Shedding blood and taking lives were not significant matters for this beautiful woman, and her obsession turned her own son into her enemy.
When Griselda accused her son’s girlfriend’s father of being associated with a drug mafia, it led to his demise. This accusation deeply affected her son.
7. When her son became her enemy,
she couldn’t tolerate any disrespect to her reputation. So, she orchestrated the death of her son’s girlfriend’s father, making her son her adversary, the one she loved the most, the one she wanted to educate and turn into a prominent figure.
While the drug trade was booming on one side, Griselda’s ruthless actions were staining the streets of America with blood on the other. She was amassing wealth, and the value of life was decreasing in America. Griselda, with her drug deals, was making nearly $8 million every week, and her name was spreading everywhere. There was no business in America where she hadn’t invested her money.
8. In the late ’70s and early ’80s, a wave of violence began in Miami.
Griselda Blanco was estimated to earn 8-10 million dollars every week during this time. The extent of her wealth was beyond anyone’s imagination. She possessed an impressive collection of jewelry, worth millions, with some pieces imported from other countries. She spent thousands of dollars on parties, champagne, and drinks at pubs and clubs every night.
During the late ’70s and the beginning of the ’80s, Miami witnessed increasing violence every day. Meanwhile, the drug queen herself had become entangled in a cocaine addiction. It was during this time that she started another affair, contributing to her infidelity.
9. After killing both of her husbands, the drug queen earned a new name – Black Widow.
Despite this, her journey of crime did not stop. In Miami, she encountered the shrewdest player in her business, who was on track to become the world’s richest person in the coming years. His name was Pablo Escobar. Pablo supplied, and Griselda distributed drugs. However, Griselda’s approach to her work was unique. A new character named Dario Spoelveda entered Griselda’s life, who was close to Pablo.
10. Griselda Blanco managed the drug business with her three sons.
Despite becoming a mother for the fourth time, Griselda didn’t let her cocaine business slow down. While her relationship with Dario Spoelveda seemed fine for a few days, her possessiveness led her to distance him as well. Now, all three of her sons were involved in the Godmother’s drug trade, and their thirst for blood had intensified. Taking someone’s life had become commonplace for them.
The incident at the Miami mall transformed the town into a war zone. People demanded justice.
Griselda, although wanting to keep her sons away from the dark cocaine business, found them deeply involved. Now, her three sons executed her commands, pushing the drug business forward. However, voices against this drug gang were growing louder.
11. When the murder of her husband was committed to become an informant
To stop the gang and the drug game in America, voices began to rise. On the other hand, the police faced increasing challenges. The situation was not ideal, but there was no one to stop Griselda. Even though her third husband had become an informant, and an attempt to kidnap her son Michael Blanco had been made, Black Widow’s game continued.
In January 1982, to end this drug syndicate, U.S. President Ronald Reagan formed a special task force, including DEA, FBI, Customs, and U.S. military officials who initiated an operation.
According to investigative journalist Garland Posner, Ronald Reagan seemed to have initiated a war against the drug mafia. He deployed the Central Task Force, surrounding the entire area with federal agents. Work was now being done in various ways, indicating that if the federal government didn’t take action, the end of this mafia was inevitable.
12. The time had come to end the game
Perhaps the time had changed, and it was time to put an end to this hidden game of Luka Chhipee. They were making raids across the entire United States, but Griselda still eluded them. The plan to catch Griselda had failed again, and she, along with her family, had left Miami. The search for characters involved in the drug trade intensified. Raids were taking place in various locations, but the Godmother of Miami was nowhere to be found. The threat to the Blancos was constantly increasing.
13. Griselda Blanco had gone into hiding in Los Angeles. On one side were the police, and on the other side were people involved in the drug trade, who now considered the Blanco family a threat, thanks to the havoc caused by the Black Widow. In the meantime, the police discovered that Griselda and her family were hiding in Los Angeles. What happened next was that the police reached Los Angeles, where their apprehension was certain.
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) was searching for her in Los Angeles, and she was in Irvine, California, with her younger son. She knew her time was up. It didn’t take long, and on February 17, 1985, the DEA arrested her.
14. Accused of more than 200 murders :Although this woman was responsible for more than 200 murders, based on the testimony of one witness, she was found guilty of only three murders, and she received a 13-year sentence for the drug case. Meanwhile, she received a 20-year sentence from Florida for the murder case. Despite being in jail, she continued to run her drug cartel. However, during this time, all three of her sons were killed.
15. She met the same end she used to arrange for others repeatedly.
In 2004, this beauty was released from an American jail, and the United States sent her directly to Colombia. She had only one surviving son, Michael Blanco. After serving her sentence, it was said that she started living a religious life and left the path of crime. However, she ended up meeting the same fate that she used to arrange for others.
Engaging in the world of crime, she spent some beautiful days, but her end was similar to what she preferred for others. Now, she is a character filled with history, and every truth of those dark pages is now on everyone’s lips.
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