"Cocaine Godmother" Killed in Colombia

"Cocaine Godmother" Killed in Colombia

By McCarton Ackerman 09/04/12

Drug trafficking pioneer Griselda Blanco is dead at 69 after an eccentric, murder-filled life.

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Blanco in the US in 2004. Photo via

In an example of "what goes around, comes around," notorious drug trafficker Griselda Blanco, who brought the concept of assassination by motorcyle to Miami in the '70s and '80s, was assassinated by men on motorcycles yesterday while leaving a butcher's shop in Medellin, Colombia. She was 69 years old. Known as the "Cocaine Godmother," she was one of the first people in Colombia to have drugs trafficked to the US and was known for her fiery temper. Colombian authorities suspect that she ordered at least 250 killings. Blanco was also known as one of the most eccentric drug traffickers of all time, even naming her son Michael Corleone after the character from The Godfather. According to the Miami Herald, "She even had a Medellin lingerie shop custom design bras and girdles with special pockets to hold cocaine, a tool used by her drug mules flying to Miami." Blanco spent two decades in a US jail after being convicted on trafficking charges and was deported back to Colombia afterwards in 2004, where she kept a low profile up until her death.