Sofia Vergara is poised to bring the life of the infamous Griselda Blanco to screen in an upcoming Netflix production.

Who was Griselda Blanco?

Blanco, a Colombian businesswoman of diminutive stature at five feet tall, emerged from a troubled youth steeped in pickpocketing and prostitution. However, her criminal pursuits quickly spiraled into something far more sinister.

Blanco’s trajectory into the cocaine trade was set in motion by her second husband, a decision that ultimately led to his demise at her hands. From this point on, Blanco orchestrated the rise of a highly lucrative drug cartel, amassing an astonishing monthly income surpassing $80 million.

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Nicknamed The Black Widow, The Godmother of Cocaine, and The Boss, Blanco brazenly displayed the spoils of her illicit empire. Her reign of power came under siege when she was apprehended, facing charges for a staggering 200-plus murders.

After a decade of incarceration, Blanco was repatriated to Colombia. It was on the streets of Medellin, at the age of 69, that her life met a violent end in a fatal shooting outside a butcher shop.

Netflix’s forthcoming six-part drama promises an unflinching portrayal of Blanco’s cunning blend of ruthless aggression and magnetic charm that enabled her to deftly straddle the worlds of crime and family.

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As a central figure in documentaries like Cocaine Cowboys and Cocaine Cowboys 2: Hustlin’ with the Godmother, as well as the film The Cocaine Godmother starring Catherine Zeta Jones, Griselda Blanco’s legacy endures as one of the most notorious drug lords in history. Sofia Vergara’s portrayal is poised to shed new light on the captivating yet chilling narrative of this larger-than-life figure in the annals of organized crime.