Gerda Salazar was born in Colombia, and she became the mother of several future Norte del Valle Cartel members. Salazar herself would become involved with the cartel despite her age, and she became one of the cartel's top smugglers, alongside Orlando Henao Montoya, Ivan Urdinola Grajales, and Henry Loaiza Ceballos. In 1995, her son Claudio Salazar was killed by Cali Cartel leader Pacho Herrera to resolve a dispute between the two men, and her daughter would become the mistress of Cali Cartel co-leader Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela. She was forced to turn her grandson over to Maria and Rodriguez at gunpoint, with Navegante holding her hostage until the child was given to Jorge Salcedo. She later sent a hit squad to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico to assassinate Herrera, wounding his brother Alvaro Herrera. Pacho swore vengeance against her, and he assaulted her mansion with his own hit squad. At the end, he had Salazar presented to him, and she told him that she was happy because Alvaro was only "half a man". An angry Pacho finished her off by shooting her in the head with his handgun.