The 71-year-old lawyer has represented accused stowaways, drug dealers and explosives experts. You can even create a photo canvas, mug and t-shirts. 2/24/1984: DEA Agent Frank Chellino looks at finished cocaine. A ring of American pilots and powerboaters was charged Wednesday in Miami with using what U.S. drug agents called "the most sophisticated methods we've yet seen" to import more than 10 tons of cocaine for Colombia's Medellin Cartel. Miami soon became known as the "Drug Capital of the World" due to ensuing turf wars between drug lords. Browse our many collections & find the perfect print for your home or office display, framed and matted. 3/10/1982: Nearly two tons of Colombian cocaine worth an estimated $175 million - was seized at a Miami warehouse by U.S. Customs and Drug Enforcement agents. 10/1986, Al Diaz/Miami Herald Staff: Patrick O'Brien, special agent in charge of the Miami U.S. Customs office, at a news conference with confiscated cocaine. Smuggling rings grew to corporate size in the 1980’s. 4/18/1984, Al Diaz/Miami Herald Staff: A Metro Police officer places a gun into an evidence Bag at the scene of a big Cocaine bust at 3271 NW 28th St. 2/8/1987, Miami Herald Staff: Colombian cocaine cartels. Miami in 1981 was responsible for trafficking 70% of the country's cocaine, 70% of the country's marijuana, and 90% of the country's counterfeit Quaaludes. To beat the U.S. Customs Service radar network, the ring allegedly operated a countersurveillance command post in Miami to monitor federal frequencies. 2/18/1982, John Walther/Miami Herald Staff: FBI drug bust. 8/29/1985, Miami Herald Staff: Lt. Noel Roy holds some of the Cocaine found by Troopers in the back of a van at the 5900 Block of NW 36 St. 11/4/1987, David Walters/Miami Herald Staff: Sophisticated radio equipment confiscated in the Munday-Coley cocaine trafficking case. Medellin cartel traffickers Mickey Munday, Jon Roberts, Griselda Blanco and Max Mermelstein brought in loads of drugs from Colombia with the help of Jorge "Rivi" Ayala as a hitman responsible for around three dozen murders.[5]. 5/31/1985- Raymond Casamayor walks outside the federal court building in handcuffs. View production, box office, & company info The Best Horror Movies on Netflix. 30 st. Police had been tipped off that there was a large amount of cash and drugs at the house. The deadly 1979 shootout at Dadeland Mall in broad daylight between Colombian traffickers– quickly dubbed ”the Cocaine Cowboys” by a police officer on the scene — heralded the beginning of South Florida’s bloody and violent drug wars in which drug dealers competed for Miami’s wholesale markets. Documentary | TV Series (2015– ) Episode Guide. Police and federal drug agents set up roadblock on Route 29, just outside Everglades City. 3/28/1984, Bob East/Miami Herald Staff: 627 pounds of cocaine worth about 7 million wholesale is on desk at DEA office in Miami after capture with several Colombians - agent Frank Chellino at right displays it for media. About 3,748 pounds of cocaine was found in a Tampa International Airlines warehouse at the Miami airport. 4/18/1984, Bob East/Miami Herald Staff: Metro detective examines car at 3271 NW 28 St where much ether and acetone were found. A federal jury convicted him and two veteran detectives for running a protection racket for drug dealers. The majority of the drug traffickers were Colombians, and the Miami-Dade County morgue said that Colombians were like Dixie cups, as "you used them once, then threw them away". 4/18/1984, Al Diaz/Miami Herald Staff: This is a general view of the warehouse at 3271 NW 28th St where metro police discovered a large amount of cocaine and a factory to make it. The main difference is int he labeling. 50,000 pounds worth more than $9 billion wholesale were seized in the span of 12 months — nearly twice the previous annual record for the entire United States. The Miami drug wars was a series of wars between rival gangs and law enforcement agencies on the streets of Miami, Florida in the United States that occurred in the 1980s. A 1982 seizure of $100 million worth of cocaine from a Miami International Airport hangar permanently altered U.S. law enforcement’s approach towards the drug trade. 1/4/1984, Murry Sill/Miami Herald Staff: DEA Metro officers escort Regino Diaz (in front) and Delfin Hondares to police cruisers after arresting and charging them with manufacturing cocaine. Miami soon became known as the "Drug Capital of the World" due to ensuing turf wars between drug lords. An unidentified drug smuggler is led from FBI building. 8/4/1990: Late last night the FBI confirmed the presence of cocaine in eight additional 6.16 oz bottles of pony Malta De Bavaria which had been collected by the HRS-Dade county public health unit from a local distributor. Copyright © © The Miami Herald 1979 7/11/1979: Tim Chapman/Miami Herald Staff -- This photo shows the interior of a van that was involved in a drug related killing at the Crown Liquor stores at the Dadeland shopping Mall in Miami. The majority of the drug traffickers were Colombians , and the Miami-Dade County morgue said that Colombians were like Dixie cups, as "you used them once, then threw them away". 5/19/1988, Brian Smith/Miami Herald Staff: DEA Agents guard a container truck where they seized a large shipment of cocaine packaged inside bags of brown sugar. The Miami Drug War were a series of drug wars in the 1970s and 1980s, centered in the Florida city of Miami, between the United States government and multiple drug cartels, primarily the Medellin Cartel.. Background [edit | edit source]. By then the Colombian cocaine lords had already amassed the vast wealth necessary to sustain and protect their drug empire. 4/12/1986, Scott W. Aszkenas/Miami Herald Staff: 100 pounds of Cocaine seized from 4 people in Pembroke Pines. The Miami drug wars was a series of wars between rival gangs and law enforcement agencies on the streets of Miami, Florida in the United States that occurred in the 1980s. Jack Griffin of the Street Narcotics Unit checks through bundles of the one million 30 thousand dollars police confiscated Saturday along with 30 Kilos of cocaine at 679 N.W. Federal drug agents seized 185 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a trailer parked at a Miami refrigeration firm. That distributor supplies Pony Malta De Bavaria to the lunch truck trade in Dade and Broward counties. Paul A. Teresi points to a bullet hole in a kilo of cocaine the D.E.A. Cops set up operation in a vacant apartment there. A neighborhood man was killed and DEA agent Adolphus Wright was shot in the head at a home agents say was being used as a cocaine lab. 2/1/1987, Michel DuCille/Miami Herald Staff: City of Miami Police caught some 250 drug buyers during a massive sting operation which covered the entire city of Miami. 4/19/1984, Bruce Gilbert/Miami Herald Staff: Cocaine drying rack at cocaine factory at 3250 NW 28th Street. The massacre began as a single hit on Jiménez Panesso, a drug trafficker who was stopping by the store to … The mob-style execution and growing violence in the streets of Miami was linked to the nascent Medellin Cartel consolidating its control of the drug business. The night before the had heard a lot noise from police busting doors down. 11/18/1987,Chris Usher/Miami Herald Staff: Federal Agents with some of the 6292 lbs of Cocaine which were smuggled inside the wood of a picnic table. Items were put on display at the FBI headquarters in North Miami. 1981. Features COLOMBIAN DRUG LORD SEIZED by JEFF LEEN and GUY GUGLIOTTA, Herald Staff Writers, with associated photograph "CARLOS LEHDER RIVAS: LEADER OF DRUG CARTEL". confiscated. The drug war was triggered by the 1979 Dadeland Mall shootout; in broad daylight, two gunmen of a Colombian drug gang entered and shot two men at a liquor store. Search & download full text staff articles from 1982 to present. 6/25/1986, Chuck Dafely/Miami Herald Staff: Miami officer J.J. Fernandez, right, guards a roomful of people arrested during sting operation at 140 NW 10 St. 2/7/1980: Keith Graham/Miami Herald Staff -- Sunset, seen from the Mallory Docks in Key West. From 1979 to 1984, 3,000 people were killed in the violence surrounding the drug trade. The rich and famous of Miami abused these drugs, and Miami was plagued by violence until the end of the 1980s, when President George H.W. Drug Wars . 6/10/1985, Mary Lou Foy/Miami Herald Staff: Cocaine seizure. Also, sophisticated radio equipment, jewelry and some cash were found in a safe in a bedroom closet. The shrimpers are not always smuggling drugs. "South Florida's Most Notorious 'Cocaine Cowboys, "Miami "Dadeland Massacre" 1979: "The War On Drugs" Begins", "Murder of Miami's 'Cocaine Queen' Offers Teaching Moment – the narcosphere",, Organized crime conflicts in the United States, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 30 September 2020, at 04:28. She just found out that her neighbors were running a drug factory. 6/3/1985, David Walters/Miami Herald Staff: Customs Officer Frank Bele displays a stuffed animal- Teddy bear- that was found to contain 156,000 dollars in cash.