Griselda Blanco's Son Michael Corleone Still Faces Cocaine Trafficking Charge in Miami
|Michael Corleone Blanco|
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.
According to his friend and business manager, Cristian Rios, Michael had not seen his mother since she was released from state prison and deported to Colombia in 2004, though he spoke to her regularly on the phone and sent her home videos of himself with his wife and two children.
Last year, I chronicled Michael's life, which reads like a Shakespearean tragedy involving the drug trade. His mom named him after Michael Corleone, the main character in the gangster epic The Godfather and its two sequels. But there was no romanticism in the violence that Blanco's scion witnessed firsthand.
For instance, when he was 5 years old, he saw his father, Dario Sepulveda, get killed by men dressed as police officers in Medellín one day in 1983. Two of Griselda's pals -- ex-smuggler Max Mermelstein and former hit man Jorge "Rivi" Ayala -- subsequently told law enforcement officials that she was the one who ordered the hit on her husband, who had left to Colombia with Michael and another woman. Rios, Michael's confidante, vehemently denies Griselda was involved in Sepulveda's murder.