Mickey Munday Is The Last “Cocaine Cowboy” Left Alive
It looks to be an end of an era for Mickey Munday, as Griselda Blanco joined her fellow Cocaine Cowboys in the afterlife.
As we reported yesterday, Griselda Blanco, the 69-year-old ex-cocaine queenpin of the Cocaine Cowboys, was gunned down by a motorcycle assassin in Medellin, Colombia. For those at home keeping score, this means most of the retired drug traffickers featured in the eye-opening documentary Cocaine Cowboys are no longer with us. Max Mermelstein, the Medellin Cartel drug smuggler who later testified against the organization, died from cancer at age 65 in 2008. Last year, cancer also claimed the life of Mermelstein’s ex-pal Jon Roberts, who was 63 when he died.
That leaves Miami native son Mickey Munday as the last ex-doper featured in the documentary who is still alive and not behind bars. Jorge “Rivi” Ayala, Blanco’s ex-hitman, is serving consecutive life sentences in state prison.
“They’re either all dead or in jail forever,” Munday says. “I am the last one standing, really.”
The golden years of the cartel and its members may have put them all on the back-burner, yet Munday was never the cold-blooded type. A North Miami High alum, he studied architecture and drafting in college. He didn’t get into the game until he was 33-years-old, which he did out of pure boredom. He organized the sale of 2,000 pounds of pot for a friend.
The move was big enough to catch the attention of Mermelstein, whom after a meeting, indoctrinated Munday into the crew that spent the 1980s importing $2 billion worth of cocaine into Miami. Smart enough to evade the law, Munday earned the nickname “MacGyver” because of the ingenious ways he would come up with to surreptitiously evade law enforcement.
The late Blanco was among the first Colombian women to traffick cocaine into the United States during the drug addled 1970s and 1980s. In 2004, she was deported back to Colombia after serving nearly 20 years behind bars in the United States for drug trafficking and three drug-related killings. She served three concurrent sentences after pleading no contest in 1998 to second-degree murder charges. Authorities said Blanco arranged three contract killings in 1982 that took the lives of toddler Johnny Castro, 2, and drug dealers Alfredo and Grizel Lorenzo.
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