The pair soon fell in love and together, they established a successful drug operation. However, they eventually realized that to make any serious money, they would need to be in New York where the cocaine market was worth millions. So, they packed their bags and headed to the Big Apple.
Blanco and Bravo got married and resided in Queens, NY, where they pretended to be clothing importers. They knew that with their Colombian connections, they could capture a huge market share by undercutting the Italian Mafia, who, at the time, controlled distribution in the city. They eventually took over the Italian Mafia’s business, and by 1971, Blanco became the first Colombian drug lord to export the Medellin Cartel’s product to the United States. Blanco supplied Colombian cocaine to the U.S. years before drug lord Pablo Escobar…