After a year-and-a-half hiatus, the cast of VH1’s docu-series, Cartel Crew, is back

Set in Miami, the show follows the lives of sons and daughters of cartel families as they navigate life after cartel. But it is easier said than done, and they often find themselves at crossroads. The journey is filled with aimless meandering and ghosts from their pasts. 

The descendants of cartel king and queen pins find it tricky to carve out their new futures, but it doesn’t stop them from working hard to expand their businesses and careers legitimately. One such member is Michael Corleone Blanco, the unofficial leader of the crew. 

Source: Cartel Crew's Instagram

The youngest son of the notorious “Cocaine Godmother,” Griselda Blanco, who ran cocaine for the Medellin Cartel, left his family legacy following his mother’s assassination. But there’s considerably far more to Blanco than his past.

Blanco’s Childhood

Although Blanco had an unusual childhood, his mother still brought normalcy to their lives. She was very involved in his life and would take rent out the entire theatres to watch movies and took him to amusement parks, and gave him a family life just like any other kid. 

Despite the challenges Griselda faced as a drug lord, she juggled her role as a mother really well. Blanco has fond memories of the massive parties that his mother threw in their mansion and his favorite Colombian soup she made. 

Source: Michael Corleone Blanco's Instagram

By the time he was 12, he was in charge of the cartel while his mother and older brothers were serving time for their crimes. He carried on the business for 33 years, occasionally serving time himself, before his mother was assassinated in 2012.

I was a child doing big boy things…bribing corrections officers, telling my mom’s henchmen what to do. When my mother was assassinated, I realized I had to change my life.

Blanco’s New Life

With that kind of family history, people would choose to live a private life and as a kid, Blanco was taught to do so. But when the opportunity to be in a reality docu-series presented, Blanco felt like it was the right time to share his story. 

His fiancé, Marie Ramirez De Arellano echoed the same sentiments. Arellano was born into the cartel life and shares a connection to a life of crime with Blanco. Her father kept his business private, and after she started a relationship with Blanco, she lost touch with her family. 

Source: Marie Ramirez De Arellano's Instagram

After leaving the drug scene, the couple went onto start their respective independent businesses. Blanco launched his own lifestyle called Pure Blanco, which focuses on “fashion, film, music, cannabis and licensing of the Pure Blanco brand,” as is stated on the official website. 

Meanwhile, Arellano has her own beauty brand called Mia Monroe and assists Blanco with all his business endeavors. As a successful entrepreneur, Blanco’s net worth is estimated at around $5millon. That being said, Blanco hasn't decided when to make Arellano his wife. 

Blanco hopes that with the show, people will get to see a side of him that is different from what he is painted out to be.