Who was Griselda Blanco, the first female drug trafficker that Pablo Escobar feared

Sofía Vergara will play Griselda Blanco in the new Netflix series – credit Infobae

The Colombian cartels They have become one of the topics that generates the most profits for series and film producers in the world.this is because the secrets of drug traffickers are one of the points that most attracts the audience’s attention.

However, the importance of the Medellín cartel with Pablo Escobar and the Cali cartel with the Rodríguez Orejuela brothers, has caused other figures who were important in the drug distribution business in the country to be sidelined, including one of the pioneers of drug trafficking in Colombia, Griselda Blanco.

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During his life he received two nicknames: The black widow and The godmother of cocaineand due to the success of productions such as Escobar, the patron of evil, Narcos either The toad poster: The origin; Netflix has made the decision to recreate the life of one of the most feared women in the history of Colombia, with Sofía Vergara being the actress who will play Griselda Blanco.

Netflix revealed the first images of Sofía Vergara as Griselda Blanco – credit netflixlat / Instagram

He was born on February 15, 1943 in Cartagena, however, he grew up in Medellín in a family of limited resources; He started in the world of crime at the age of 11, and according to the book Cocaine Cowgirlwas the leader of a band dedicated to pickpocketing in the most dangerous neighborhoods of the capital of Antioquia.

She left home at the age of 14 and married Carlos Trujillo, a forger with whom she had three children; She emigrated to the United States and settled in Queens, New York, with her family, but years later her husband died, who is presumed to have been the first of several couples she murdered, and for this reason she receives the first of her nicknames, The black widow.

After Trujillo, she was the wife of Alberto Bravo, a smuggler with whom she began in the world of cocaine trafficking; Therefore, she is considered one of the pioneers of the illegal business, since she was in charge of tracing the first routes between Colombia and the United States through Miami in the 70s.

However, he was not characterized as a person who trusted others, which he demonstrated when He murdered Bravo in Medellín, because he distrusted the way the profits were distributed. Later, he married his lover, Darío Sepúlveda, whom he considered a more ambitious man..

Blanco is considered the godmother of drug trafficking – credit Infobae

Due to the relevance it had in the business, Blanco became a follower of the films of The Godfatherwhich is why she referred to herself as the godmother, in addition to naming her next child Michael Corleone.

Michael witnessed one of the most recognized murders of Griselda Blanco, since Darío Sepúlveda did not agree with the way of raising his first-born, so he escaped with Corleone when he was four years old, but the drug trafficker quickly found him in Medellín and murdered him in front of his son.

Just as she is considered one of the people who started the drug business, She also stands out for being the first criminal who broke the golden rule of many bosses. Griselda Blanco became addicted to cocaine and when she was high she revealed details of the nearly 250 murders for which she was responsible..

In Miami, one of the first wars over the business began, which led her to stop being anonymous and become one of the most wanted criminals in the United States. Due to this, she made the decision to return to Colombia to regain the power of the Medellin poster.

In Antioquia he had several trusted men whom he introduced into the business, among them Pablo Escobar, which is why in addition to distributing large quantities of drugs, Blanco is accused of having been the godmother of one of the most dangerous criminals in history.

“The only man I was ever afraid of was a woman named Griselda Blanco,” said Pablo Escobar when referring to “The Black Widow.”

Griselda Blanco was the person who introduced Pablo Escobar into the drug trafficking business – credit Infobae

After several years in Medellín, she decided to return to the United States and settle in California, where she was arrested on February 10, 1985; She was sentenced to 19 years in prison for the crimes of drug trafficking and first-degree murder, but it is presumed that in prison she continued to run the Colombian cartel’s businesses.

While in prison, she met one of the last known lovers, Charles Cosby, a criminal who considered Blanco as an example, so he sent him letters until the Colombian woman asked him to visit her, which years later It served to make public one of the cases for which she is remembered in the United States.

In 1994, the American justice system was still looking for evidence against her, so Griselda asked Cosby to kidnap the son of President John F. Kennedy.which seemed crazy to his lover, and fearing that he could be murdered, he decided to reveal the Colombian woman’s plan to the authorities.

She was sentenced to 19 years in prison in the United States – credit Metro Dade Police Department

In 2004 she was released from prison, from there little information was known about her whereabouts, only some rumors that indicated that she had become a religious woman after the murder of her children, however, In 2012, her name was again on the front pages of the media, since she was murdered by two individuals aboard a motorcycle in Medellín..

Once again, the name of Griselda Blanco has come up again, since Netflix premiered on January 25 a series that will reveal never-known details of the life of the godmother of cocaine.

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