Colombia's 'Queen of Cocaine' shot to death

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BOGOTA (AP) – Police in Colombia say an unidentified gunman has fatally shot a convicted drug trafficker once known as the “Queen of Cocaine.”

Col. Mauricio Cartagena of Medellin‘s metropolitan police said Tuesday that 69-year-old Griseld Blanco was gunned down in the city on Monday. Blanco was among the first Colombian women to traffic cocaine to the United States in the 1970s and 1980s.

Cartagena said Blanco was at a butcher’s shop when a man approached and fired at her before escaping on a motorcycle driven by another man.

The police official says authorities don’t have a firm motive but says it may have been a revenge shooting.

Blanco died on the way to the hospital.

She had returned to Colombia in 2004 after serving a 19-year trafficking sentence in the United States.

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