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A tall and stocky 66-year-old with alabaster skin and a bouncy blond mane that cascades down his back, Munday used to be the stealthiest pilot to smuggle bales of Colombian marching powder into the United States in the late '70s and early '80s.
Munday says he never killed anyone, but in the film, one of his former associates described him as "MacGyver" for his innovative techniques for transporting cocaine without being detected by law enforcement. These days, Munday is trying his hand at spoken word, dropping verses about flying over the Bahamas with a few tons of coke and other smuggler odes.
Munday remembers meeting Michael for the first time at Steve's Pizza in North Miami in 2006 or 2007. "I never had anything to do with his mom," he says. "I never understood why everyone put up with her craziness." Michael and Mickey later participated in a photo shoot for a Nordic hip-hop magazine.
New Times asked Munday to give his opinion about Michael's arrest.
Reading the affidavit, Munday shakes his head in disbelief. "I'm totally surprised he would do something so stupid. It boggles my mind." The ex-smuggler claims he was always cautious of people wearing wires. "I'd meet you in a place with loud background music, and I'd talk real low so the bug couldn't pick up my voice," he says. "I would show up before the meet to see who was lurking around. Or I would move the meet to another location at the last minute so the cops don't have time to set up the surveillance equipment."
When Munday reads the part about the Kill All Rats medallion, he bursts out laughing. "That's pretty ironic," he says. "Where did he get that from? And why didn't the cops wait to see who he was going to take the kilos to? That makes me believe Michael is the guy they wanted, given his last name, especially since the DEA was involved."
Rios puffs on a Marlboro Lights cigarette while searching for a specific video on his laptop computer. "I'm as close as you'll get to Michael," he says. Every media request goes through him, yet Rios is very cryptic about how he came to know the Blancos. "I'm a childhood friend of the family," he says. "I'm also godfather to Michael's second son."
Rios finds the clip, which he claims was recorded in 2009. "These are the most recent images of Griselda," he says. The footage shows him chatting with the Godmother, who sits on a stone bench in the backyard of one of her houses, overlooking a valley in Medellín. She is surrounded by members of a production crew that includes Eddy Moretti, the filmmaker behind documentaries Heavy Metal in Baghdad and Vice Guide to Travel. Moretti is conducting the first and only interview with Griselda since she was released from prison in 2004.
Rios is also responsible for getting Michael on episodes of the telenovela Cartel de los Sapos and cable television show The Deadliest Warrior, whose premise is to pit one bad guy versus another bad guy to figure out who is the baddest.
The program's producers invited Michael to represent the Colombian cartel in a battle against Somali pirates to see who was tougher. In the episode, which aired last year, Michael blew up a car bomb that took out three dummies and the entire façade of a faux house in the middle of the Las Vegas desert. The producers, Rios says, paid for Michael and his wife to fly to Sin City as well as their hotel accommodations. "Think of it as a second honeymoon," Rios had told his friend.
Michael didn't like that the pirates beat the cartel, Rios says. "That was a blow to Michael. You can't compare Somali pirates to the cartel."
In Rios' video, the Godmother looks radiant for a woman in her late 60s. She sports a strawberry-blond up-do and soft pink lipstick to complement her subdued white pantsuit. She doesn't look the part of a notorious homicidal drug trafficker who was locked up for two decades.
The video cuts to a room inside Griselda's home that features a large painting of her and her four kids. She sits on an ivory-hued sofa. The camera zooms in on her somber face as she watches a DVD Michael made for her. Michael shows off his wife, whom he married in 2005, and his two toddler sons. He is seen walking through the rooms of his house while giving Griselda a guided tour. "I love you, Mama," Michael says before signing off.
Moretti asks Griselda how she feels watching her only surviving son all grown up. "It makes me very sad," she says softly in Spanish. "I wish I could see him so I could hug him and kiss him. The most important part of my life are my sons."
Then Griselda walks around the exterior of her mountain villa, pointing out a barren spot where she plans to create a lush garden. Yet she has no one to share it with. Her three oldest boys were assassinated before she got out of prison. And she won't risk Michael's safety by having him visit her in their home country, where old enemies could be lying in wait.
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Are u fucking kidding me ? shut ur mouth u little piece of shit. you clearly know nothing. Griselda was a billionaire you're the bottom feeding goof. and guess what u sound like a generic clown the way u talk with that awww the pathetic drug dealer talk cus u know nothing. faggot
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Awwww, the pathetic drug dealing criminal son of a pathetic drug dealing bottom feeder got arrested. Who cares???
Only in America does an entire demographic idolize murderers and criminals. This is exactly why rap music is responsible for the downfall of intellectual society. All the kids who listen to that no talent garbage only see the flash and the glamour of the rap videos. No true ambition or work ethic is needed for this fantasy supplied by the irresponsible rap music industry.
Actually earning an honest days wages is foreign and alien to this entire generation thanks to the false images supplied by rap music.
Wake up you morons! Pride isn't about race its about being an individual who makes their way through life being honest, working hard, and maintaining integrity throughout. The polar opposite of the rap image.
Seriously?! You can't blame music....I listen to rap. Still I started working at McDonald's as a teenager and continued to go to school. Some times I worked two jobs. I made it all the way through law school. The whole time listening to rap music...and sometimes I even went to a convert. You can't blame the music. Every older generation feels that the younger generation's music is shocking. I think in THIS case it was a family trade.