One of the most violent eras of American history was that of the "Cocaine Cowboys" - a drug-laden, dangerous time during the late '70s and '80s in South Florida. The Miami drug trade was wrought with graphic violence, horrific crime, and vast riches.
If you’ve seen Scarface, you only know a slice of the terror that took place in Dade County in the '80s. No one was safe from the cartel war that raged through the city - not even women and children. That era was full of men who were dubbed Cocaine Cowboys - marauding bands of mercenaries who worked for the cartels to kill anyone who got in the way of making piles of money.
It's not just the backdrop for popular movies and shows: Stories of the Cocaine Cowboys in Miami are real, true crime tales. A lot of innocent people lost their lives in the bloodbath the cartels created in Miami, and for nothing more than the crass pursuit of money and getting high.