South Florida’s Most Notorious ‘Cocaine Cowboys’

The notorious 1980s drug era made some traffickers household names in South Florida, particularly after the release of the 2006 documentary "Cocaine Cowboys," which profiled many of the criminals and their deeds.

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Miami-Dade Corrections
Griselda Blanco, known as the Cocaine Godmother, was a part of the Medellin Cartel and one of the first Colombian women to traffic cocaine into the United States in the 1970s and 1980s. Blanco, who featured prominently in the "Cocaine Cowboys" documentaries, was a major figure in the violent Miami drug war in the 80s and served more than a decade in prison before she was released in 2004 and deported back to Colombia. Blanco was shot and killed in Colombia in 2012.
Florida Department of Corrections
Jorge "Rivi" Ayala, a hitman for Blanco, was interviewed from prison for the "Cocaine Cowboys" documentary. He pleaded guilty in three killings in 1993, but is believed to be responsible for some three dozen murders during the 80s drug war.
Mickey Munday, who also became somewhat of a star after the release of "Cocaine Cowboys," was a drug smuggler for the Medellin Cartel and drug lord Pablo Escobar in the 1980s. Munday flew loads of drugs into South Florida from Colombia, and served nearly nine years in federal prison. He's currently headed to trial in an auto fraud case.
Lynn Police
Mickey Munday still lives in the Miami area, and even sat down with NBC 6 in 2013 to talk about his old smuggling days.
Orange County Sheriff's Office
Gustavo Falcon is the brother of renowned drug smuggler Augusto "Willie" Falcon who, along with Willie's partner Sal Magluta, were indicted in 1991 for trafficking cocaine on speedboats from Colombia to South Florida during the 1980s. Prosecutors said the group brought about $2 billion in cocaine into Miami. He was arrested last year in Orlando after about 26 years on the run.
Augusto "Willy" Falcon, in an undated photo. Falcon was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2003 after making a deal with the government. He was released last year but taken into ICE custody.
U.S. Marshals
Mario Gonzalez spent nearly two decades behind bars following a shootout with police in the mid-1990’s. He was arrested this month in Miami-Dade on a warrant for a case out of New York.
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