Former Cocaine Cowboy Establishes Community Park To Promote Love

By Victoria Kim 08/17/16

The 71-year-old local Miami celebrity is widely known for having flown cocaine between Colombia and Florida for the Medellín cartel in the ‘80s.

Former Cocaine Cowboy Establishes Community Park To Promote Love
Mickey Munday PhotoLocal 10

Mickey Munday, one of the last surviving Cocaine Cowboys and former associate of Pablo Escobar, is spreading the love with a new community park in his Miami neighborhood.

Munday collaborated with artist Maurizio Raponi to convert a vacant lot into the Lock-in Love Park. “Bring your padlock, hang it on for your dog, your cat, your lover, your kids, your father, your mother and have some fun with it,” Munday told Local 10 News. “The idea is, put the padlock on, and if it has a key, throw it in the canal. So you’re locked forever.”

The 71-year-old is a local celebrity in Miami, known as one of the last surviving Cocaine Cowboys who flew cocaine between Colombia and Florida for the Medellín cartel in the ‘80s. Munday’s skill at evading law enforcement earned him the nickname the “MacGyver” of cocaine smugglers.

In 2011, he released a spoken-word album, Tall Tales, in which he recounts his memories of running drugs for Pablo Escobar from 1980 to 1986. During this time, the Medellín cartel is said to have dealt $38 billion worth of cocaine, dominating the U.S. cocaine market.

Back then, the booming trade led to such a huge increase in street violence, that the Miami city morgue could not handle the amount of dead bodies coming in. But having been part of that, Munday says that he was “just the transport guy” and had nothing to do with the violence. “I didn’t buy it, didn’t sell it, didn’t use it, didn’t steal it,” he told the Telegraph in 2013.

After being ratted out by an associate, authorities finally caught up with Munday in 1990 in Richmond, Virginia. He was arrested and given a 10-year prison sentence before his release in December 1999.

Munday’s drug-running days are long over. He now lives a “frugal existence” in Miami, where he was born and raised, as an actor, writer, speaker, and storyteller.

He hopes people will see the park and get the message—“Love has no labels”—and be inspired to embody positive change in the world. “People are always saying, ‘Oh, we gotta do something,’” he told Local 10. “Well, I went out and did it.”

What the park symbolizes is the complete opposite of the violence that spawned in Miami with the help of Munday and the other Cocaine Cowboys. “Does it make up for it? Maybe so,” said Munday. “I hope so.”

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