Cocaine Cowboys

Synopsis: In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago - and it put the city on the map. "Cocaine Cowboys" is the true story of how Miami became the drug, murder and cash capital of the United States, told by the people who made it all happen.
Director(s): Billy Corben
Production: Magnolia Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
118 min

They call them

the Cocaine Cowboys.

Yesterday they attacked

Dadeland Mall

and they executed two Latins males

in the Crown liquor store.

There was an exchange of fire bewteen the two groups.

The broken glass and liqour bottles flying.

The shooting continued out.

Two men,

murdered in a hail of gun fire.

Victims of the antidrug fight in Miami.

The one that escaped had a machine gun.

They have to stop this.

What are they going to do about it?

What can they going to do about it?

People from Florida wonder

where they will attack now

the Cocaine Cowboys.

My name is Jon Roberts.

I was born in New York and I got involved

with some Italian from New York

that they were part of a family of the mafia.

We open 4 or 5 night clubs

of great fame

and he/she went us very well.

February 17 1970

One day the police came.

Not we knew why they came.

They told us

that they found our partner

in the freeway of Long Island.

They had murdered it and he/she had

eleven bullet holes.

Who Io that happened knows.

The best thing that was happened

in that moment

it was to take away from that tangle.

So I moved here

and I began in the business of the cocaine.


Trafficker of cocaine

It distributed cocaine for value

of more than 2000 million dollars

for the poster of Medellan.

The city in Miami was very calm

and it was a very pleasant place where to live.

Before 1956,

the shift at night of the police

he/she had a patrol one

to patrol an area

of the size of Rhode Island.

In that Miami was then, the south,

it was as Alabama.

Not there was money here.

Not there were buildings

and the center was lonely.

In Miami Beach had bigger people

the time passing in rockers

waiting to the death.

The life was very different here, then.

It is for this reason that Miami is exactly for you.

In the 60s and 70s Miami flourished

as vacation dstination.

To Sunshine.

To Sunshine.

To Sunshine. Channel 4 News.

Sun and amusement in the beach,

the palms.

Miami is a center of transport


and he/she has easy access with

all the modalities of transport.

At the end of the 70s,

South American immigrants' thousands

legal and illegal Ilegaron to Miami.

The Latin American influence

he/she gives an unique flavor to Miami.

Miami had settled down

as a place

where the Spanish-speakers

they could prosper.

Miami was always

a place half pirate,

ferociously independent,

where one never pled

for the law and the order.

As a virgin city.

I am a boy from Florida of the South.

Old one of the few ones born here.

I was devoted to the import.


Trafficker of drugs

It transported more than 38 tons

of cocaine of Colombia to EE UU

It digs deep

and you will see the traffickers of weapons,

to the smugglers of rum,

you will find the marijuana,

the Cuban immigrants,

and lastly, the cocaine.

There is always something entering to the city.

Florida of the South is the destination

of EE nearer UU

for the South American traffickers.

- It was very open, then.

- It was very open.

Kilometer after kilometer

of costs without patrolling,

where they can leave

the drug without being seen.

When Ilegu, in the 70s,

all entered drug in Florida.

The Antidrug Agency believes

that 95% of the marijuana

that it enters in EE UU,

he/she enters for Florida of the South.

My friend died in his deposit.

He/she had 900 kg of marijuana.

That made it was to go and to take off it.

Not he/she knew anybody in the business,

so I gave the half to somebody

and the other one to somebody more,

and Io divided with them.

If you won 10.000 dollars to the anus,

he/she went you very well.

If you won 20.000 dollars,

he/she went you better than well.

I won as 165.000 dollars.

It is as the salary of 8 years.

And I told myself: "This is very pretty,

he/she has to have something more. It was very easy."

You arrived with your boat Ileno,

you robbed in the jetty

and Io discharged. Nobody said anything.

Let us say that they didn't watch over the frontier.

To the present rhythm, according to

some economists,

the biggest industry

it could be soon the traffic of drugs.

You went out with your boat

and you found bales

of marijuana floating.

Let us say, the square traditional fish.

The Colombians realized

that they had a mine of gold,

and when they sent

all this marijuana, they also sent

some kilos of coca.

At the beginning it was a little...

Because it was very expensive.

They entered her in a valise...

And it was not noticed this way so much.

It was quoted extremely expensive.

By the middle of the 70, the experience

of the Antidrug Agency it was low.

The office didn't treat matters of cocaine.

Not we have a problem

in the national environment

given the great number

of people that consumes cocaine.

Yes it is a serious problem

for a certain minority.

I met a Cuban in Hialeah

that you Ilamaba Albert Sanpedro.

Most of the Cubans

Io got everything

of the Colombians because, obviously,

them Io controlled everything.

In the traffic of drugs,

the organizations


they are allied with the Colombians.

The Colombians care the drug

and the Cubans distribute it.

Albert gave me 100 grams

and I had about four days.

Then I went and him Ilevaba the money.

Then he/she gave me other 100 grams

and I believe that he/she used to pay him/her near...

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