Griselda Blanco Restrepo (February 14, 1943 – September 3, 2012), also known as the Cocaine Godmother, was a Colombian drug lord who was prominent in the cocaine-based drug trade during the 1970s. Blanco, 69 years old, was assassinated in Medellín on September 3, 2012.
She was married four times and has four children. Blanco and her first husband, Carlos Trujillo, had three sons in Medellín, all born before she turned 21.
On September 3, 2012, Blanco and her pregnant daughter-in-law visited the Cardoso butcher shop on the corner of 29th Street in Medellin.
As she exited, an assassin on a motorcycle shot her twice and killed her. The drive-by motorcycle shooting resembled the assassination style that Blanco was widely credited with introducing to Miami during her drug reign.
Blanco was reportedly buried in the Jardines de Montesacro cemetery. Pablo Emilio Escobar, the Colombian drug lord, is also buried in the same cemetery.
How long was Griselda Blanco in jail?
An indictment charging appellant Griselda Blanco and 37 others was filed on April 30, 1975, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and Judge John Cannella was assigned to the case.
The defendants were indicted for conspiring to manufacture, import into the United States, and distribute cocaine.
By January 1976, twelve of the conspirators had been charged and convicted, while two more had pleaded guilty.
Blanco, a Colombian citizen, was living in Colombia at the time of the indictment in April 1975. In May of 1975, the district court issued an arrest warrant for her.
Griselda Blanco was apprehended on February 17, 1985, in Irvine, California, after a nearly decade-long pursuit by DEA agents.
According to United States v. Blanco, Blanco gave a false name to the DEA agents who arrested her, and she was found to be carrying false identification papers.
Ultimately, she was sentenced to 15 years in prison and a $25,000 fine by a jury. While serving her federal sentence in New York, the state of Florida charged Griselda with three counts of first-degree murder.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Schlessinger, who prosecuted Griselda, believes she committed a lot more murders than the three for which she was charged.
Blanco murdered people at the drop of a hat. She would kill anybody who displeased her, because of a debt, because they screwed up on a shipment, or because she didn’t like the way they looked at her.”
How much money did Blanco make from her drug business?
Griselda Blanco is regarded as one of the wealthiest drug dealers of all time. In 2012, Blanco amassed $2 billion, making her the only woman in the top 10 wealthiest drug lords.
By the early 1980s, she was regarded as one of the world’s wealthiest women, in charge of trafficking 1.5 tons of cocaine into the United States each month.
She also allegedly rejected a $15 million offer from a rival cartel to give up her empire.