Drug Lords

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When we talk of drug lords, probably the first name to crosses our minds would be of El Chapo—the most significant drug lord in history! Known for his use of sophisticated tunnels to smuggle illegal drugs from Mexico into the United States, he gained the image of a folk hero in the narcotics world. Though not as notorious as El Chapo, drug lord Jorge Alberto Rodríguez, also known as Don Cholito, was also highly dangerous in his own right. The Colombian-Puerto Rican had ordered the numerous murders of informants, witnesses, and law-enforcement officials during his reign as one of the most-wanted drug lords in the world. When we talk of the most elusive drug lords, the Colombian Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria would undoubtedly top the list. Often referred to as the "World's Greatest Outlaw", he was known for his quirky ways of eluding arrest. He was even once counted amongst the richest men in the world! While most of the drug lords are men, Griselda Blanco—known as the "Godmother of Cocaine"—gained the notoriety of being one of the few women in this illegal and dangerous field. This section provides you information about the life and crimes of notorious Drug Lords from all over the world.
Rank the Most Wicked Drug Lords
 1 
Pablo Escobar
(Colombian Drug Lord)
Pablo Escobar
154
Birthdate: December 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rionegro
Died: December 2, 1993

A notorious Colombian drug lord, Pablo Escobar was the founder and leader of the infamous Medellín Cartel. His drug cartel monopolized the cocaine trade into the United States and he became one of the wealthiest criminals ever in history. Dubbed "The King of Cocaine", he left behind a controversial legacy upon his death at the age of 44.

 2 
Al Capone
(Gangster, Co-Founder & Boss of the 'Chicago Outfit' Crime Family)
Al Capone
53
Birthdate: January 17, 1899
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: January 25, 1947

Al Capone, also known by the nickname Scarface, was one of the most notorious American gangsters who controlled the organised crime in Chicago between 1925 and 1931. He was known for violence and cruelty in eliminating rival gang members, the most infamous incident being the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. His life inspired numerous books and films.

 3 
Joaquín Guzmán Loera
62
Birthdate: April 4, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: La Tuna, Mexico
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 4 
Griselda Blanco
(Colombian Drug Lady of the Medellín Cartel)
Griselda Blanco
48
Birthdate: February 15, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cartagena, Colombia
Died: September 3, 2012
Griselda Blanco, also known as La Madrina and the Black Widow, was the first billionaire female drug lord. As part of the Medellin Cartel, she smuggled cocaine from Colombia into Miami, New York, and Southern California. She spent 15 years in jail and was shot dead by an unidentified motorcyclist.
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 5 
Richard Wershe Jr.
(FBI Informant, Drug Dealer)
Richard Wershe Jr.
16
Birthdate: July 18, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Michigan
Richard Wershe Jr. became the youngest FBI informant when he was around 14 to 16 years of age. He had started selling cocaine as a teenager and was arrested at 17. He was sentenced to life but was granted parole later. He inspired the 2018 movie White Boy Rick.
 6 
Carlos Lehder
(Drug Lord)
Carlos Lehder
22
Birthdate: September 7, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Armenia, Colombia

German-Colombian drug kingpin Carlos Lehder, co-founder of the Medellín Cartel, which smuggled cocaine into the U.S., formed the Muerte a Secuestradores, to fight against the kidnappings of his cartel members. He escaped from the kidnappers but spent a 33-year sentence in the U.S., following which he was released.

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 7 
George Jung
(American Drug Trafficker and Smuggler)
George Jung
17
Birthdate: August 6, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Weymouth, Massachusetts, USA
George Jung, nicknamed Boston George and El Americano, smuggled cocaine into the U.S., as part of the Medellín Cartel, in the 1970s and the 1980s. He served a 20-year prison term for his crimes. He inspired the biopic Blow and contributed to the fictional account of his life story, Heavy
 8 
Ross Ulbricht
(Drug Trafficker)
Ross Ulbricht
19
Birthdate: March 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Austin, Texas
Ross Ulbricht, or "Dread Pirate Roberts,” created the dark market site Silk Road, which let people make anonymous drug deals, using bitcoins. He was eventually convicted of a number of crimes, including hacking and money laundering, and was sentenced to a double life imprisonment plus 40 years without parole.
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 9 
Frank Lucas
(Drug Trafficker)
Frank Lucas
26
Birthdate: September 9, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: La Grange, North Carolina, United States
Died: May 30, 2019
Frank Lucas was a notorious drug trafficker from the 1960s and the 1970s. Legends state that he bought drugs from the "Golden Triangle" and smuggled them into the U.S. using the coffins of servicemen. His 70-year prison sentence was commuted to a 5-year sentence, after he became an informant.
 10 
Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo
29
Birthdate: August 1, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Badiraguato Municipality

Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo is a convicted Mexican drug lord. He led a now-defunct criminal group called the Guadalajara Cartel alongside Rafael Caro Quintero and Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo. In 1982, the Drug Enforcement Administration indicted him in a money laundering operation, but he fled back to Mexico where he was finally arrested in 1985.

 11 
Carmine Galante
(Gangster)
Carmine Galante
1
Birthdate: February 21, 1910
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: July 12, 1979
 12 
James Burke
(Mobster)
James Burke
8
Birthdate: July 5, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: April 13, 1996
 13 
Robert Chambers
(Criminal, Drug trafficker)
Robert Chambers
2
Birthdate: September 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: United States
 14 
Nicky Barnes
(Former crime boss, active in New York City during the 1970s)
Nicky Barnes
0
Birthdate: October 15, 1933
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: June 18, 2012
 15 
Sal Magluta
(Kingpin who ran South Florida from the 1970s to 1990s)
Sal Magluta
2
Birthdate: November 5, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cuba
 16 
Vito Rizzuto
(Criminal)
Vito Rizzuto
9
Birthdate: February 21, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cattolica Eraclea, Italy
Died: December 23, 2013
 17 
South Park Mexican
(Rapper, Drug trafficker)
South Park Mexican
2
Birthdate: October 5, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
 18 
Joe Profaci
(Founder of the 'Colombo Crime Family')
Joe Profaci
3
Birthdate: October 2, 1897
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Villabate, Italy
Died: June 6, 1962

Joe Profaci was an Italian-born New York City mafia boss. He founded what later became the Colombo crime family in 1928 and was the family's boss for over three decades. It was the last of the Five Families to be organized. Besides his illegal activities, he also maintained several legitimate businesses. He died of liver cancer in 1962.

 19 
Paul Le Roux
(Conspiracy to import narcotics into the United States)
Paul Le Roux
0
Birthdate: December 24, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
 20 
Bruce Reynolds
(English Criminal and the Mastermind Behind the 1963 'Great Train Robbery')
Bruce Reynolds
3
Birthdate: September 7, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Strand, London, England
Died: February 28, 2013

Bruce Reynolds was a British criminal who was the mastermind behind the Great Train Robbery in 1963. Although he was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 1969, Reynolds was released in 1978 post which he published three books and became a popular public figure, performing alongside Alabama 3. His life and career have inspired several films and TV series.

 21 
Travis Henry
(American football player)
Travis Henry
1
Birthdate: October 29, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Frostproof, Florida, United States
 22 
Lorenzo Nichols
(Drug trafficker)
Lorenzo Nichols
2
Birthdate: September 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
 23 
Myuran Sukumaran
(Drug trafficker, graphic designers)
Myuran Sukumaran
1
Birthdate: April 17, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Died: April 29, 2015
 24 
Pee Wee Kirkland
(Basketball player)
Pee Wee Kirkland
1
Birthdate: May 6, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
 25 
Arturo Beltrán Leyva
1
Birthdate: June 21, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Monterrey, Mexico
Died: December 16, 2009
 26 
Miguel Caro Quintero
1
Birthdate: 1963 AD
Birthplace: Caborca, Mexico
 27 
Sam Hurd
(American football player)
Sam Hurd
2
Birthdate: April 24, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States
 28 
Dominick Cirillo
3
Birthdate: July 4, 1929
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: United States
 29 
Howard Marks
(Welsh Drug Smuggler and Author of the Bestselling Autobiography, ‘Mr. Nice’)
Howard Marks
4
Birthdate: August 13, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kenfig Hill, Glamorgan, Wales
Died: April 10, 2016

An Oxford alumnus, Dennis Howard Marks was an aspiring teacher before chose the world of drugs. He went from consuming cannabis to selling it, and was eventually jailed for 7 years. He used numerous pseudonyms, such as Mr. Nice and Marco Polo, and also penned a bestselling memoir.

 30 
Brien Taylor
(Baseball player)
Brien Taylor
0
Birthdate: December 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Beaufort, North Carolina, United States
 31 
Michele Greco
(Murderer)
Michele Greco
2
Birthdate: May 12, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ciaculli, Sicily, Italy
Died: February 13, 2008
 32 
Gene Gotti
(Drug trafficker)
Gene Gotti
0
Birthdate: 1946 AD
Birthplace: New York City, United States
 33 
James Rosemond
(Drug trafficker)
James Rosemond
0
Birthdate: February 5, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
 34 
Willy Falcon
(Cuban drug kingpin who ran South Florida from 1970s to 1990s.)
Willy Falcon
4
Birthdate: September 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cuba
 35 
Hakeem Abdul-Shaheed
(Drug dealer, organized crime leader)
Hakeem Abdul-Shaheed
0
Birthdate: March 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
 36 
Julianna Farrait
(Frank Lucas' Wife)
Julianna Farrait
7

Best known as the wife of notorious drug lord Frank Lucas, Julianna Farrait has been behind bars twice, once in 2010, for selling cocaine. She had met Frank during a vacation in Puerto Rico, and the two soon came to be known as "the black Bonnie & Clyde."

 37 
Sandra Ávila Beltrán
(Drug trafficker)
Sandra Ávila Beltrán
11
Birthdate: October 16, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baja California, Mexico
 38 
Fabio Ochoa Vásquez
(Former Key Member of 'Medellín Cartel', Serving 30-Year Prison Term in the US)
Fabio Ochoa Vásquez
6
Birthdate: May 2, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Medellín, Colombia
 39 
Mark Brandon Read
6
Birthdate: November 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died: October 9, 2013

A convicted criminal and author, Mark Brandon Read began his criminal career by robbing drug dealers at a very early age, eventually graduating to kidnapping and torturing of other criminals for money, as well as armed robbery. Being incarcerated for long periods, he later turned to writing, publishing fifteen books between 1991 and 2011

 40 
Alpo Martinez
(Former drug kingpin known for his notorious ways throughout the 1980's and 1990's in New York and Washington, D.C.)
Alpo Martinez
15
Birthdate: June 8, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: East Harlem, New York, United States
Died: October 31, 2021
 41 
Angela Raiola
(Reality TV personality)
Angela Raiola
5
Birthdate: June 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: February 18, 2016
 42 
Diego Murillo Bejarano
(Former Leader of the 'United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia' Paramilitary Group)
Diego Murillo Bejarano
7
Birthdate: February 23, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tuluá, Colombia

Diego Murillo Bejarano is a former gangster who led the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia as well as the Office of Envigado cartel. He is also known for his association with Pablo Escobar and the Galeano family. Murillo has been played by actors like Carlos Velásquez and Mauricio Cujar in TV series. He was portrayed by Cujar on Netflix series Narcos.

 43 
Evelin Banev
(Bulgarian Entrepreneur and Published Writer Who Was Imprisoned on Changes of Money Laundering and Drug Trafficking)
Evelin Banev
0
Birthdate: October 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Burgas, Bulgaria

Evelin Banev is a Bulgarian entrepreneur, published writer, real estate developer, and former wrestler. He came to limelight for his highly politicized and controversial prosecutions and imprisonment. Although he was sentenced to seven-and-a-half-years in prison in 2013, Evelin Banev was acquitted of all charges in 2014. Banev's 10-year-old daughter was kidnapped during his imprisonment and released unharmed two months later.

 44 
Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano
3
Birthdate: December 25, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Apan, Hidalgo, Mexico
Died: October 7, 2012
 45 
Tommaso Buscetta
3
Birthdate: July 13, 1928
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Died: April 2, 2000
Ignacio Coronel Villarreal
4
Birthdate: February 1, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Canelas, Durango, Mexico
Died: July 29, 2010
 47 
Jesús Malverde
(Criminal)
Jesús Malverde
6
Birthdate: January 15, 1870
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sinaloa, Mexico
Died: May 3, 1909
 48 
Domenico Cefalù
(Crime boss)
Domenico Cefalù
11
Birthdate: May 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Palermo, Sicily, Italy
 49 
Eddie Nash
(Former Drug dealer, Restaurateur)
Eddie Nash
1
Birthdate: April 3, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ramallah, British Palestine
Died: August 9, 2014
 50 
Bindy Johal
(Criminal)
Bindy Johal
6
Birthdate: January 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Punjab, India
Died: December 20, 1998