Michael Corleone Blanco lives in the shadow of his cocaine-queen mother

Michael Corleone Blanco lives in the shadow of his cocaine-queen mother

Nariz sat at a table inside the Dunkin' Donuts on Alton Road at 16th Street in Miami Beach. It was late afternoon this past May 12 as the fidgety 33-year-old Colombian waited for his new associate, a man we'll call "Rata," to show up. Nariz rubbed his bearded cleft chin and then his bird-beak nose that earned him his nickname. He wore shorts and a T-shirt exposing the tattoo on his right forearm that spelled Xtorxion, the name of his defunct record label.

His heavy brown eyes scanned the glass door. Unbeknownst to Nariz, a couple of investigators from the Drug Enforcement Administration were inside the coffee shop watching him. They were assisting the Sunrise Police Department vice squad, which had been keeping tabs on Nariz for two months. Rata had told the cops that Nariz was looking to score ten to 20 kilos on behalf of some rappers he knew.

During a recorded phone conversation earlier that day, Nariz had allegedly agreed to buy five bricks at $21,000 a kilo from Rata to kick off their relationship. Nariz informed Rata that he did not have the full amount to pay for the coke, so he offered the seller two pieces of collateral: the title to a 2009 Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle, worth an estimated $10,000, and a shimmering white-gold necklace with a gigantic diamond-encrusted pendant that spelled out the letters T and S, the initials K.A.R., and the phrase Kill All Rats.

Michael Corleone Blanco allegedly tried to buy five kilos of cocaine from a snitch.
Courtesy of Broward Sheriff's Office
Michael Corleone Blanco allegedly tried to buy five kilos of cocaine from a snitch.
Griselda Blanco and Charles Cosby were the stars of Cocaine Cowboys 2: Hustlin' With the Godmother.
Griselda Blanco and Charles Cosby were the stars of Cocaine Cowboys 2: Hustlin' With the Godmother.

One of the vice squad detectives outfitted Rata with a hidden recording device and dropped him off at the coffee shop. Thirty-seven miles away in Sunrise, at a Shell gas station at 10300 W. Commercial Blvd., Nariz's buddy Abel Fernandez had a date with Rata's alleged partner, a beefy Hispanic undercover officer named Peña, who was also wired for sound.

After Fernandez received a text message from Nariz that Rata was at Dunkin' Donuts, he followed Peña to a warehouse at 4500 Hiatus Rd. Inside the warehouse, Fernandez unzipped a canvas bag containing $19,500 in cash, the motorcycle title, and the gaudy chain.

Peña, who brought his own bag with the five kilos, opened it and showed Fernandez a brick. Satisfied, Fernandez grabbed the coke and walked outside. Peña gave his squad mates the takedown signal. Fernandez was arrested before he could put the drugs inside the trunk of his Civic.

A few minutes later in Miami Beach, the DEA agents inside Dunkin' Donuts cuffed Nariz. As he listened to one of the cops read him his Miranda rights, Nariz may have fretted about what his mother might do: She's gonna kill me.

From the moment he was born on August 5, 1978, in Medellín until his mother was arrested on February 17, 1985, Michael Corleone Blanco, AKA "Nariz," was always by her side. During that time, Griselda Blanco, known as the Godmother of Cocaine, would solidify her reputation as the most ruthless narcotics queenpin in the early days of America's drug war.

La Madrina, as she was known by fellow traffickers and law enforcement, oversaw a billion-dollar criminal enterprise that moved approximately 3,400 pounds of cocaine a month in the United States. The DEA estimated she had 600 people on her payroll and had developed her own line of underwear with secret pockets that could hold one to two kilos of cocaine to sneak through customs, according to the nonfiction book Kings of Cocaine.

La Madrina broke the glass ceiling in the male-dominated underworld of the Colombian cartels by ruthlessly killing anyone who crossed her. She was accused of ordering at least 40 homicides from Miami to New York. Legend has it that Griselda is haunted by a body count that surpasses 250. From a very young age, Michael witnessed his mom's criminality.

Jorge "Rivi" Ayala, a former hit man who turned witness against Griselda, once told state prosecutors that in 1981 he accepted a $50,000 payment for killing a man for the Godmother while a then-3-year-old Michael was in the room. "He was there with his mommy and his daddy," Ayala testified.

Obsessed with the epic gangster film The Godfather and its sequel, Griselda named Michael after the movies' main character. La Madrina fantasized that her fourth and youngest son would follow a path similar to that of Vito Corleone's Mikey. Much like the movie's Genco Pura Olive Oil Company, Griselda's illicit corporation was a family affair. Her three oldest sons moved roughly 2,200 pounds of yayo in Miami, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Michael was the heir apparent.

But it didn't turn out the way La Madrina had planned. Michael's father and older siblings were all killed before he reached adulthood. His mom was in prison for most of his childhood and teenage years, and he was raised by his maternal grandmother and legal guardians.

Griselda Blanco was released from prison in 2004 and deported to Colombia, where recent video footage of her exclusively shown to New Times reveals the Godmother, now a senior citizen, piddling around an empty house. Meanwhile, Michael had been leading a relatively anonymous suburban life until Miami-made documentary Cocaine Cowboys and its sequel turned Griselda into a cult antihero during the past decade.

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18 comments
mario7599
mario7599

All coments that that are critical of the cocaine as being evil. Is wrong because what is evil is the goverental brutall laws imposed on its citizens for using or supplling the product..it has been used for thousand of years...who ate they to tell me what to put or use in my body

To the goverment is a bussiness

timmynuther
timmynuther

I don't think the drug dealers were all that bad. The people paying all that money for drugs are terrible. But there is no way to eradicate the demand for drugs. There will always be a demand and someone has to supply it. If you think the people who supplied it are evil and did it the wrong way, then maybe legalize it and let the government do it in an orderly fashion. That's not so absurd. What's absurd is the "war on drugs". Didn't we once think prohibition was the answer. Look what happened during that era. 

6060842
6060842

Griselda is a parasite. Anyone who admires people like this are uneducated street clowns. All of the dealers, opportunist pilots and Jorge the assassin are going to burn in hell one day. None of what these scumbags did was of any benefit to humanity. As for the economic boom in caused in Miami, the streets should be paved with the blood and bones of the innocent.

Carlos
Carlos

What comes around, goes around! Always.

Miami01
Miami01

Yur fat dyke pig momma dies a sloooow and painful one. Yu should have perished a very long time go. And you will. Griselda is cursed and so are yu and yur children micheal. Do not spread that diseased blood any longer!

Scorbing
Scorbing

Michael Corleone....Seriously man. I have nothing but respect for you and your mother, but you need to stay away from that life my brother. This ain't the 80s anymore. Do you honestly think the Feds are not going to keep an eye on you? That time is gone my brother. You are a well-set man economically. You have legit businesses that are making you millions. Why on earth would you mess with drugs dealings? Don't mess your life up like that bro. Is not worth it.

Vanek
Vanek

Michael..Michael...they are watching you 24/7...come on man

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Damon

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charlie_oscar
charlie_oscar

Mickey Monday exudes douchebaggery and this entire case exudes wannabe'rey! Dude is basically pawning his silver fillings for blow. Nice nostalgic effort to make a case and make a story but these cats are old news with no connect! I am surprised this "sting" did not go down in the parking lot of the former Club Nu, Casanovas, The Mutiny...or Stefano’s...

79 Cadillac...Mullet hairdo...Nick Navarro (RIP) Earings, SL 400's and the geriatrics set of CENTAC 26.

yokolee
yokolee

So they learned nothing from the 80'?Cocaine is not hip anymorecan you dig it?

J.R.
J.R.

He is a criminal. Execute him or drop him off in a labor camp for life.

loveboat2010
loveboat2010

Its amazing how we glorify such distruction. Cocaine and other drugs have ruined so many lives yet we support musicians and movies that glorify this pitiful life. In a way we are all drug dealers when we buy and support differnet media outlets that create this hype about a chemical that kills. Its a vicious cylce.

MelanieBarret
MelanieBarret

my classmate's sister makes $83/hr on the internet. She has been fired for 5 months but last month her income was $7828 just working on the internet for a few hours. Read about it on this web site Many Rich. com

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

Real job skills would have helped him out early on. Kind of a pity.

Buffalo_Soldiers
Buffalo_Soldiers

Oh wow. That is a movie script right there for 2013 movies. Is he and her a real member of the real Corleones? I would like to know

famgoo29
famgoo29

@Miami01

Stay away from the innocent kids you idiot

Carlos
Carlos

Respect for someone who killed almost 200 people?

Texcoco
Texcoco

You don't even know anything about this dude, his mom was the killer, not him.

 
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