Cocaine Cowboys – Documentary About the Miami Drug War

Cocaine Cowboys - Documentary About the Miami Drug War

Cocaine Cowboys is a 2006 documentary film about the cocaine drug trade and its rise in the city of Miami, Florida during the 1970’s and 80’s. The documentary was directed by Billy Corben and produced by the media studio Rakontur owned by Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman. The documentary features countless interviews offering a perspective into the Miami drug war from all available sides – gang members, drug smugglers, journalists, lawyers and law enforcement officers.

The documentary talks about how in the early 1970’s, cocaine replaced marijuana as the in drug. Cocaine trade quickly became a lucrative gig but as the imports grew, the price dropped and the drug became so popular, even the blue collar, middle class workers did it all the time.

Interviews with former drug smugglers reveal the sophistication of their methods of importation of cocaine to Florida. Earnings were used to purchase legitimate businesses the purpose of which was to whitewash the illegal operations. Smugglers had their homes equipped with high-tech radio monitoring devices used to monitor the radio frequencies of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Condos they used as posts for monitoring Coast Guard and police patrol boats were strategically positioned near particular ocean waterways.

The importers made so much money smuggling cocaine into Miami, they sometimes had difficulties storing all the cash they’d earned. That lead to establishments of ties with Manuel Noriega in Panama and carpet buying of entire neighborhoods of houses and other investments.

The documentary also reveals how during the cocaine boom, when all the rest of America was experiencing recession, Miami was flourishing with businesses thriving so well, Rolex could not keep up with the demand for gold plated, diamonds encrusted watches and luxury car makers with deliveries of expensive, bulletproof models.

Obviously, although cocaine trade was illegal, it lead to vast amounts of money being put into legitimate businesses and with it the business sectors thrived. The film suggests that many modern southern Florida high rises were indirectly financed with drug money. And then when the law enforcement caught up with the tactics of the smugglers and cracked down on the market, driving many major players out of Miami, sales started to plummet and previously thriving businesses to close.

Another thing that goes hand in hand with drug trafficking is gang related violence. That’s when the infamous Colombian drug lord dubbed The Cocaine Godmother – Griselda Blanco comes into the picture. The head of the Medellín Cartel Griselda Blanco played a major role in the history of the drug trade not only in Miami, but also in many other cities in the USA. She had her hand in much of what became known as the Cocaine Cowboy Wars – the drug related violence that plagued Miami in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. The gangsters were dubbed Cocaine Cowboys because the lawlessness and corruption that accompanied the trade were very much like in the Wild West.

Props to Best Gore member ghannam007 for the tip on the documentary. There is a sequel to the documentary titled “Cocaine Cowboys II: Hustlin’ with the Godmother” which is narrated by Charles Cosby, lover of Griselda Blanco. The 2006 released Cocaine Cowboys documentary is below:

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57 thoughts on “Cocaine Cowboys – Documentary About the Miami Drug War”

  1. Great documentary I saw it a couple years back coupled with the second part, the second part basically pics up where the first one left off but focuses more on Griselda Blanco and her operation in LA after she left Miami. Both are great and glad to see them on here.

        1. She actually lived peacefully until recently. I think maybe three years ago she was assasinated at an old age. Before then she was only spoted by eyes whom cared boarding a jet about 3-5 prior to her death.

      1. It seems that although men are more likely to commit murders, be drug dealers, etc when women enter into that world they become even more ruthless. When women go for it they go all in. More likely then not it is due to the fact they want to be taken serious in a “mans” world.

  2. Yes, yes, wonderful moving picture. Amazing how much was created from all that coke money. See, people? Drugs can do good things. They can horrible things, of course, but I’m a pill bottle half full kinda guy, so just ignore all the destroyed lives and nasal cavities. Get high and don’t kill anyone. Simple as that. (there is some sarcasm in there but I’m not telling where). “I used to do drugs……. I still do…but I used to too.” Heehe

          1. Great stuff H. I have great love and respect for your namesake. Wish i coulda been at the memorial where his ashes were shot up in fireworks, that would have been amazing.

  3. If only miami still had good coke. Nothing but sodium bicarbonate and a few flakes of cuntcoke aka cocaine that travelled inside someones hairy cunt for 5 hours. stick to the bible and bath salts.

  4. The best coke I ever had was in Colombia 4 years ago, when the ‘jewellery salesman’ told me he had another job, wink wink, I told him I’d be interested to buy a gram, he laughed and said that in Colombia the minimum purchase was an 8ball or 3.5grams, he only wanted $80us so fuckit, when in Rome as they say, the guy came up with this light blue rock of coke that was super strong… so anyway after about five days of cocaine and alcohol abuse paranoia set in, my wife got pregnant and we had to come home to Australia…the result is a highly intelligent little girl with a penchant for the dark side…you know like trolls and monsters n stuff.. I try to stay away from it now.

    1. Once you’ve had really good coke the shit you get on the streets pales in comparison. There’s nothing like the feeling you get from having your whole face go numb off one line, but like you…I try to keep away from the shit.

    2. Got my first real coke on a little island off of the coast of Panama. The bar tender said “this isnt gringo shit, be careful”, I said “yea yea, i am a vacuume cleaner back home.” Next thing I know, I am compleatly spun, walking down the shoreline across private properties, at 4am in the morning, tring to spear lion fish, because you can cash them in for 50cents a piece at the local police station. Thats where I met the local ex-pats who kindly let me ‘sleep’ on their sailboat.

          1. When you shoot coke you look and feel like that bipolar fucktard going 100mph we saw several posts back. When you shoot H you look and feel like almost every dying person on here…but not like the ones dying in pain. When you shoot both you look and feel like that guy in the gimp suit that was showering in sewage.

          2. Joe the funny thing about us H addicts is that when we talk about H we talk about it like it the best thing in the world (which it is) but then we turn around and say its the worst thing in the world (which it is). I’m sure you know this but when you first start messing with H its the most beautiful feeling in the world. But once the daily grind of having to score all the time just to feel normal and not even get high comes into play you start to realize that what was once good is now turning bad. And when things get bad and you find your self a slave to the drug you get tired of it but you know there is no stopping or slowing down on it. You have to continue to always stay ahead of the withdrawals which are one of the worst things a human being can experience mentally and physically. The withdrawals are always right around the corner which is even more exhausting to the body and mind. When you get to this stage of using your soul and character have been completely crushed and you literally feel dead inside and wouldn’t mind dying to end all the bullshit. At this point Is when most decide to get clean and sober up. The hardest part about that is tackeling the withdrawals head on and most people immediately relapse and go back to using because they’d rather go thru all the bullshit and put up with it than have to go thru the withdrawals. But those that do make it across and pull thru come out a different person, not so much for the better or worse but just different. Once you learn to live and cope with that different mind set then you can begin to feel somewhat normal again. I’ve been clean for more than a year and I don’t plan on ever going back down that road again.

          3. @ Pale rider, you said it all mate 🙂 howcome man can forget about the struggle given whilst quitting and remember the good memories only ? btw now the guys have suboxon which is said to be wonderfull, no pain during quitting. More than this would seem like praising the evil thus I will stop now 🙂

          4. @Rooster, funny you mention suboxone, I just got off the shit. For a non-narcotic drug that’s supposed to ease opiate withdrawals, it sure has some shitty withdrawals. Although I’ve never done heroin, I have been addicted to painkillers, and dealt with the withdrawals more times than I can remember. I was taking a fraction of a normal dose of suboxone for only a couple months and when I stopped I had at least an entire week of cold sweats, nausea, diarrhea, crawling skin, headaches, sleeplessness, the whole works. But I’ve heard other people that take full doses for long periods and have no problems when they stop. I’d take opiate withdrawals over suboxone withdrawals any day(s).

          5. @ UgFeedsSlugs, You are right there, I know suboxone has withdrawal problem as well, best way is to stop suboxone or any replacement drug whenever you quit the main deal.

  5. My favorite documentary ever. So many interesting elements with the hitman interviews and district attorneys and crooked cops and the ridiculous money and women and the power etc. One of the main guys in the documentary was Jon Roberts who was one of the largest cocaine importers in Florida then. He wrote a book about his life right before he died of cancer a couple years ago and holy shit is it good. I mean this guy has stories you wouldn’t believe and he really knows how to tell a story too. It’s called American Desperado. I highly recommend checking it out. I think best gore type people would really love it.I found it at my local public library.

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