Drug Lords

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.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Pablo Escobar

Pablo Escobar.
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Famous As: Colombian Drug Lord
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

Al Capone.
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Famous As: Gangster
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.

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 3 Joaquín Guzmán Loera

Joaquín Guzmán Loera.
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Famous As: Drug lord
Birthdate: April 4, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: La Tuna, Mexico

 4 Frank Lucas

Frank Lucas.
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Famous As: Drug Trafficker
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.
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 5 Griselda Blanco

Griselda Blanco.
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Famous As: Drug Lord
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.

 6 Richard Wershe Jr.

Richard Wershe Jr..
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Famous As: FBI Informant, Drug Dealer
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.
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 7 Ross Ulbricht

Ross Ulbricht.
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Famous As: Drug Trafficker
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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 8 Carlos Lehder

Carlos Lehder.
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Famous As: Drug Lord
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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 9 George Jung

George Jung.
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Famous As: Drug Trafficker
Birthdate: August 6, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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

 10 Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo

Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo.
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Famous As: Drug Lord
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 Vito Rizzuto

Vito Rizzuto
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: February 21, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cattolica Eraclea, Italy
Died: December 23, 2013

 12 Sandra Ávila Beltrán

Sandra Ávila Beltrán
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Famous As: Drug trafficker
Birthdate: October 16, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baja California, Mexico

 13 Carmine Galante

Carmine Galante.
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Famous As: Drug Trafficker
Birthdate: February 21, 1910
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: East Harlem, New York, United States
Died: July 12, 1979

 14 Mark Brandon Read

Mark Brandon Read
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Famous As: Criminal
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

 15 Jesús Malverde

Jesús Malverde
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: January 15, 1870
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sinaloa, Mexico
Died: May 3, 1909

 16 Angela Raiola

Angela Raiola.
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Famous As: Reality TV personality
Birthdate: June 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: February 18, 2016

 17 Howard Marks

Howard Marks
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 13, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kenfig Hill, Bridgend, Wales, UK
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.

 18 Joe Profaci

Joe Profaci.
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Famous As: Crime boss
Birthdate: October 2, 1897
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Villabate, Italy
Died: June 7, 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 Diego Murillo Bejarano

Diego Murillo Bejarano
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: February 23, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tuluá, Colombia

 20 Arturo Beltrán Leyva

Arturo Beltrán Leyva
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: June 21, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Monterrey, Mexico
Died: December 16, 2009

 21 Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano

Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano
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Famous As: Drug lord
Birthdate: December 25, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Apan, Hidalgo, Mexico
Died: October 7, 2012

 22 Fabio Ochoa Vásquez

Fabio Ochoa Vásquez
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Famous As: Drug trafficker
Birthdate: May 2, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Medellín, Colombia

 23 Gene Gotti

Gene Gotti
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Famous As: Drug trafficker
Birthdate: 1946 AD
Birthplace: New York City, United States

 24 Miguel Caro Quintero

Miguel Caro Quintero
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: 1963 AD
Birthplace: Caborca, Mexico

 25 Julianna Farrait

Julianna Farrait.
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Famous As: Frank Lucas' Wife
Birthdate: 0000 AD

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."

 26 Ignacio Coronel Villarreal

Ignacio Coronel Villarreal
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Famous As: Drug lord
Birthdate: February 1, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Canelas, Durango, Mexico
Died: July 29, 2010

 27 Kaboni Savage

Kaboni Savage
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Famous As: Drug dealer
Birthdate: January 1, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

 28 Lorenzo Nichols

Lorenzo Nichols
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Famous As: Drug Dealer
Birthdate: December 25, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States

 29 Roberto Suárez Goméz

Roberto Suárez Goméz
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Famous As: Drug lord
Birthdate: January 8, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Santa Ana del Yacuma, Beni, Bolivia
Died: July 20, 2000

 30 Dominick Cirillo

Dominick Cirillo
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: July 4, 1929
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: United States

 31 Felix Mitchell

Felix Mitchell
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Famous As: Drug Dealer
Birthdate: August 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States
Died: August 21, 1986

 32 Liam Byrne

Liam Byrne
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: October 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ireland

 33 Jaybee Sebastian

Jaybee Sebastian
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: January 20, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Muntinlupa, Philippines
Died: July 18, 2020

 34 Hakeem Abdul-Shaheed

Hakeem Abdul-Shaheed
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Famous As: Drug Dealer
Birthdate: March 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States

 35 Gerard Kavanagh

Gerard Kavanagh
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Ireland
Died: September 6, 2014

 36 Evelin Banev

Evelin Banev
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: October 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Burgas, Bulgaria

 37 Wayne William Howlett

Wayne William Howlett
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Famous As: Weightlifter, Criminal
Birthdate: 1980 AD
Birthplace: Australia

 38 Travis Henry

Travis Henry
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: October 29, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Frostproof, Florida, United States

 39 Sam Hurd

Sam Hurd
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: April 24, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States

 40 Pee Wee Kirkland

Pee Wee Kirkland
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: May 6, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States

 41 Brien Taylor

Brien Taylor
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: December 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Beaufort, North Carolina, United States
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