Who Was Carlos Trujillo, Griselda Blanco’s First Husband?

Carlos Trujillo was the first husband of Griselda Blanco who was a Colombian cocaine ‘queenpin’ linked to 250 murders. She rose from poverty bred by slums to establish an empire spanning from Miami and New York to Medellin, the cocaine capital of her nation. She was just 11 when she killed her first victim.

Carlos Trujillo met Griselda Blanco

When Griselda Blanco became a prostitute, she soon met her first husband, a petty forger named Carlos Trujillo. Couple had three sons but later divorced, the Black Widow having him murdered over a business dispute.

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Blanco had four husbands and four children over the course of her life. She and her first husband, Carlos Trujillo, had three sons together in Medellín, all born before Griselda Blanco turned 21. After her separation from Carlos Trujillo, she tied knot with her second husband, Alberto Bravo, was a cocaine dealer and in the late 1960s, they moved (illegally) to Queens, New York, where they set up a smuggling business under cover of Bravo’s clothing import company.

The company created a line of drug mule lingerie, including corsets, bras and knickers with dozens of pockets that allowed a woman to carry as much as 7lb of cocaine in a single corset.

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In 1978, Griselda married her third husband, Dario Sepulveda, a murderer with whom she had her youngest child, Michael Corleone Blanco.

Lesser Known Facts About Carlos Trujillo

  • At its peak in the 1980s, Griselda’s empire was making $80 million a month smuggling 3,400lb of cocaine for her old friend Pablo Escobar’s Medellin cartel.
  • She was openly bisexual and held cocaine-fueled lesbian and bisexual orgies in a mirrored room at her opulent Miami mansion, where she lived with a German Shepherd named Hitler.
  • She spent more than a decade in prison while running her business through her children.
  • When Griselda was released in 2004, opponents in Colombia murdered two of her boys and she was returned there as an undocumented immigrant from the United States.

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