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Griselda Blanco Dead: 'Cocaine Godmother' Reportedly Killed In Colombia

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Griselda Blanco, photo via the Florida Department of Corrections.
Griselda Blanco, photo via the Florida Department of Corrections.

Notorious drug trafficker Griselda Blanco, who brought the idea of assassination-by-motorcycle to Miami in the '70s and '80s, was assassinated by men on motorcycles in Colombia on Monday, according to the Miami Herald.

The BBC reports 69-year-old Blanco was shot as she was leaving a butcher's in Medellin, Colombia's second-largest city.

According to Colombia's Caracol Radio, Blanco was one of the first Colombians to traffic narcotics to the United States, earning her the nickname "Queen of Cocaine." Colombia's El Tiempo writes that Colombian authorities suspect Blanco ordered at least 250 killings.

Blanco was known for her eccentricities, including naming one of her sons after a character from The Godfather and creating custom underwear to smuggle drugs. As the Miami Herald notes: "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 was deported to Colombia after spending nearly 20 years in a U.S. prison, according to the BBC. El Tiempo notes she kept a low profile once back in Colombia.

Read more from the Miami Herald.

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