LifestyleThe Fascinating Story of Griselda Blanco: Cocaine Queen of the '70s

The Fascinating Story of Griselda Blanco: Cocaine Queen of the ’70s

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Discover the shocking story of how a girl from Colombia rose from poverty to become an international drug lord raking in $80 million a month by pushing cocaine.

Published February 2, 2024

Delve into the secrets of “The Godmother,” “The Black Widow,” and “Queenpin” – the many sides of the infamous Griselda Blanco, who led a billion-dollar drug empire that spread from Colombia to the United States.

Chronicle the life of Griselda Blanco, now the centerpiece of the Netflix series Griselda, and learn the truth behind the myth of the woman who fought her way to power in a brutal world.

Griselda Blanco’s rise

Blanco’s birthplace of Colombia was marred by La Violencia, a horrific period of violence and turmoil that erupted in 1948, leaving the nation devastated.

Uncover Elaine Carey’s observations in Women Drug Traffickers, revealing how Blanco and others in her generation realized that “power frequently came through violent acts.”

Witness how Blanco, growing up in poverty in Medellín, turned to criminal activities at an early age, allegedly carrying out acts of kidnapping and murder by the young age of 11.

Experience Blanco’s journey as she forged an alliance with drug smuggler Alberto Bravo, her second husband, to develop a cocaine empire in New York.

Discover the dangerous and ultimately deadly world of drug trafficking in which Blanco rose to power, and come face to face with the real Griselda Blanco behind the larger-than-life image.

Making white gold a family business

Embark on a journey back to the 1970s where the disco craze fueled the rise of illegal drugs, particularly cocaine, creating a lucrative yet perilous opportunity for gain.

Uncover the astonishing details of Blanco’s network pushing a staggering $80 million worth of cocaine every month at its zenith.

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