After being unleashed, Cocaine Cowboys, the first installment in his saga of documentary films, over 15 years ago, director Billy Corben returns to the world of drug trafficking in Miami in the new six-part documentary series Cocaine Cowboys: Kings of Miami. According to Netflix, the series will focus on âLos Muchachos,â two speedboat champions who went on to become infamous cocaine racers with a reputation for evading federal authorities for years.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Considered to be the main US distributors of two of Colombia’s largest cartels, Cuban exiles Augusto “Willy” Falcon and Salvador “Sal” Magluta have been accused of smuggling more than 75 tonnes of cocaine into the United States in the United States. 1980s. High school friends built a famous $ 2 billion empire that made Willy and Sal, aka âLos Muchachos,â two of Miami’s biggest celebrities. As law enforcement prepared for its dismantling, the world powerboat racing champions managed to outrun and deftly foil chases for decades before the chase finally came to an end. Featuring colorful interviews with loved ones, their defense team and the Feds tasked with taking them down, the series paints a striking portrait of the last of Miami’s âcocaine cowboysâ.
Released in 2006, the first Cocaine Cowboys explored how cocaine grew into marijuana and became the main import drug for Miami in the 1970s and 1980s. This lucrative influx became so overwhelming that importers had more money than they knew what to do with it , which has led to shady deals with local authorities while simultaneously boosting almost all of Miami’s economic growth. In the second documentary film, Cocaine Cowboys 2, from 2008, Corben told the story of Colombian-born ‘cocaine godmother’ Griselda Blanco, who controlled a violent and lucrative part of the US drug market and had previously attempted to organize the kidnapping of John F. Kennedy Jr. so that she can dodge a possible death sentence. Pretty Woman.
And now … speedboat champions are turning into billionaire drug lords. If we’re being honest, it had to end up there. This is the next logical step.
Cocaine Cowboys: Kings of Miami starts streaming August 4 on Netflix.