Miami: See It Like a Drug Dealer

During Miami's cocaine heyday in the Eighties, weird and interesting and scary things happened all over town all the time. Our coke map of Miami is by necessity incomplete, but even selected highlights make the point: Blow knew no neighborhood boundaries.

21. La Gorce Island In October 1991, 25 U.S. marshals stormed the palatial Miami Beach compound (98 E. La Gorce Cir.) of homegrown drug kingpin Sal Magluta and arrested him. Prosecutors said Magluta and his partner Willy Falcon amassed more than $2.1 billion in cash and assets by smuggling at least 75 tons of cocaine into the United States.

22. Leomar Parkway In 1988 a six-block stretch of SW 132nd Avenue, from Eighth to Fourteenth Street, was named in honor of developer Leonel Martinez. Shortly after his indictment on drug-smuggling charges two years later, Leomar Parkway ceased to exist.

23. Lipstik After losing the criminal case against Miami's own cocaine cowboys Willy Falcon and Sal Magluta, a despondent U.S. Attorney Kendall Coffey stopped by this east Kendall strip club (8099 S. Dixie Hwy.), bought a bottle of Dom Perignon, and proceeded to drunkenly bite a dancer on the arm with such force she reported it to police. Coffey resigned soon thereafter.

24. Magnum Auto Sales A defunct west Miami used-car dealership (8600 SW Eighth St.) owned by Pablo Martinez and his son Pablo Jr. They purchased more than 800 kilograms of stolen cocaine from several Miami River Cops. The Martinezes were convicted on conspiracy and trafficking charges in 1997.

25. Willy Martinez The once flamboyant Miami Beach-based boxing promoter was busted in 1989 for trying to bring 500 kilos into South Florida. His house on Sunset Island #2 was featured in several Miami Vice episodes.

26. Miami International Airport Since 1980 countless thousands of pounds of cocaine have been seized from planes landing at MIA.

27. Barbara Mouzin Leader of a coke ring whose members were middle-age women, known as the Grandma Mafia, she operated from a Miami Lakes townhouse a half-mile from the home of former Sen. Bob Graham.

28. Mutiny Hotel Hedonistic epicenter of Miami's glitzy, gaudy, and violent cocaine era. Now a condo-hotel, it's located at 2951 S. Bayshore Dr. in Coconut Grove.

29. Manuel Antonio Noriega Officially a prisoner of war, the former Panamanian military strongman will be cooling his heels for many years at the Federal Correctional Institution in South Miami-Dade (15801 SW 137th Ave.).

30. North Bay Village In 1986 five officers working for the village police force were arrested for accepting payoffs to protect drug deliveries and attempting to steal $1.25 million worth of cocaine.

31. Opa-locka Airport This quiet little airfield served as the base of operations for Jack DeVoe, a commercial pilot who smuggled cocaine for Falcon and Magluta in the late Seventies and early Eighties. DeVoe and former Miami Herald reporter James Malone were among 42 people busted May 2, 1984, for importing nearly eight tons of cocaine into South Florida over a two-year period.

32. Port of Miami A very busy place for contraband of all sorts, especially cocaine during the Eighties.

33. Benjamin Prieto-Castro From his apartment in the Triton Towers condominium at 2899 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, Prieto-Castro organized the shipment of roughly 300 kilos per month to New York.

34. Scott Rakow In a reverse drug sting gone bad on June 30, 1988, Rakow, a Miami Beach undercover detective, chased one of the drug dealers across the 79th Street Causeway to Miami. The dealer, fleeing on foot, fatally shot Rakow in the head.

35. Doris Mangeri Salazar Salazar was recently sentenced to 24 years in federal prison on drug conspiracy charges. The former Realtor helped her ex-boyfriend, Saudi Prince Nayef Bin Sultan Bin Fawwaz al-Shaalan, broker a deal with Colombian cocaine traffickers to buy 2000 kilos. When federal agents arrested Salazar at her Coral Gables residence in 2002, they found photographs of her in the Saudi Arabian desert next to Humvees, camels, horses, and tents.

36. Eric Sisser The once-powerful lobbyist ran a stop sign in west Coconut Grove. Miami Police officers pulled him over near South Dixie Highway and SW 37th Avenue. In his car sat a neighborhood crack dealer. In Sisser's pockets: four bags of rock and a homemade pipe.

37. Stefano's Popular Key Biscayne restaurant/bar owned by Stefano Brandino. In 1997 Brandino was convicted of conspiracy to launder drug money. The feds took control of Stefano's (24 Crandon Blvd.) and other landmark eateries operated by Brandino and his wife Linda: Sundays on the Bay, Linda B's Steak House, Salty's at Haulover Park, and Bellini's on Captiva Island.

38. Sunny Isles Beach Cuban-American drug smuggler Alex DeCubas ripped off 1000 pounds of cocaine from the Dirty Dancing, a 56-foot yacht docked at the marina behind the old Castaways resort at 400 Sunny Isles Blvd.

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