“Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings Of Miami” Review: A Docuseries About Buddies Who Became Drug Kingpins In South Florida

Photo from the 1980s on the bridge to the Florida Keys. “FLORIDA KEYS 1986” flashes on the screen, and we see a racing team in a boat called the Seahawks.

The first episode briefly tells about Malguta and Sokol:

Whose family immigrated to Miami from Cuba. Sal is almost always the brains behind everything they do together, and Willie, handsome and talkative but not very smart in face and voice.

Sal’s ex-girlfriend, Marilyn Bonachia, talks about how they met. And how she tricked her English-speaking parents into saying that all the “Fs” on her plate were “Felicidad” even though she never attended class.

Throughout the history of the two careers. We see their organizational charts and the people who acted as pilots. Traders and other key members of the team talking about the pair. Along with Jorge Valdes, the captain they trusted.

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As Valdes says, Sal is very interested in living a different life from his parents:

Who own a bakery, work hard, and just get scratched. After scattering a few ounces of marijuana here and there, they quickly switched to a more portable cola and headed for Valdes’ trust. When he asked them to sell “leftover” 30 Clios on short notice, they raised millions of dollars over a few days.

Willie and Sal and the people who worked for them in Miami and later in Los Angeles didn’t know what to do with the millions given to them. One of his smugglers, Peggy Rosello, spoke of millions of dollars trapped in a box in his bedroom closet at his parents’ home. Willie and Sal have a great time and are fantastic. At least on the champion boat racing team.

But continue to thrash and miss their relationship. They were sentenced to 14 months in prison for human trafficking in Miami. But their lawyers delayed their sentences for years and appealed relentlessly. Even when the FBI caught him in Miami. Thanks in part to someone in LA who saw him boating on TV. Sal Magluta paid someone to get him out of jail despite serving that 14-month sentence.

Of course, those who describe the “glorious days” of Sal and Willie’s operation:

Whom they dub “the most prolific drug dealer” in the country’s history – do not view these days with regret or guilt. Your view of it is more nostalgic than anything else. But Corbyn’s goal wasn’t to show how Magluta and Sokol quickly rose to the top of the South Florida drug heap. What they did when federal agents shut them down. And how they behaved during and after the trial.

That’s why the first episode feels fast and functional. These two have a complicated history of beating the rap, even after eventually tried them for their operations, so figuring out how they got to this stage will be a quick process. The first episode. Which seems like a blurry sketch of how these two were forged. Until they succeeded until they squandered their millions. Got caught by law enforcement and escaped any central prison.

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We often complain that documentaries take six hours to tell a three-hour story:

Which leads to abundance. It feels like there are about eight to ten hours of history squeezed into six 45-50 minute episodes. As we accelerate the rise of Sal and Willie, we consider the conditions in Miami that led to such a large-scale operation and how relatively uneducated boys like Sal and Willie were able to rise to the top of that operation quickly.

However, we don’t want the show to be a simple treatise on the war on drugs. The Pitbull themed song and constant Latin beat pulsing in the background lends itself to the show’s attitude. Which is about how these two boys manages to escape from prison for so long. So in all the interviews, there is a tone of awe and amazement befitting the upbeat soundtrack. Corben doesn’t position this as a real crime series that’s dark, scary, violent, and that’s refreshing.