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Griselda Blanco's Son Michael Corleone Still Faces Cocaine Trafficking Charge in Miami

Read "Griselda Blanco, Miami's Cocaine Queen Assassinated In Medellin Butcher Shop" and "Michael Corleone Blanco Lives In The Shadow Of His Cocaine Queen Mother."

One can only imagine what is going through the mind of Michael Corleone Blanco. On Monday afternoon, his mother, Griselda Blanco -- the queen of Miami's Cocaine Cowboys era -- was slain by an assassin as she walked out of a butcher shop in Medellín. Meanwhile, Michael has been on house arrest since May 12 of last year, when he was busted on two felony counts of cocaine trafficking and conspiracy to traffic in cocaine. If he wants to attend his mom's funeral in Colombia, he will need permission from a judge.

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Francisco Alvarado was born in Nicaragua and grew up in Miami, giving him unique insight into the Magic City and all its dark corners. An investigative reporter with a knack for uncovering corruption, Alvarado made his bones as a staff writer at Miami New Times and remains in dogged pursuit of the next juicy story.