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.

 1 Pablo Escobar

Pablo Escobar
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Famous As: Colombian Drug Lord
Birthdate: December 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Colombian
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
Nationality: American
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 Frank Lucas

Frank Lucas
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Famous As: Drug Trafficker
Birthdate: September 9, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
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.

 4 Ross Ulbricht

Ross Ulbricht
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Famous As: Drug Trafficker
Birthdate: March 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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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 5 Richard Wershe Jr.

Richard Wershe Jr.
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Famous As: FBI Informant, Drug Dealer
Birthdate: July 18, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
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 Griselda Blanco

Griselda Blanco
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Famous As: Drug Lord
Birthdate: February 15, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Colombian
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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 7 George Jung

George Jung
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Famous As: Drug Trafficker
Birthdate: August 6, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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
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 8 Carlos Lehder

Carlos Lehder
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Famous As: Drug Lord
Birthdate: September 7, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Colombian

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 Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo

Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo
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Famous As: Drug Lord
Birthdate: August 1, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Mexican

 10 Sandra Ávila Beltrán

Sandra Ávila Beltrán
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Famous As: Drug trafficker
Birthdate: October 16, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Mexican

 11 Vito Rizzuto

Vito Rizzuto
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: February 21, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian, Italian
Died: December 23, 2013

 12 Mark Brandon Read

Mark Brandon Read
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: November 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Australian
Died: October 9, 2013

 13 Carmine Galante

Carmine Galante
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Famous As: Drug Trafficker
Birthdate: February 21, 1910
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: July 12, 1979

 14 Julianna Farrait

Julianna Farrait
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Famous As: Frank Lucas' Wife
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Puerto Rican

 15 Diego Murillo Bejarano

Diego Murillo Bejarano
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: February 23, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Colombian

 16 Arturo Beltrán Leyva

Arturo Beltrán Leyva
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: June 21, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Mexican
Died: December 16, 2009

 17 Jesús Malverde

Jesús Malverde
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: January 15, 1870
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Mexican
Died: May 3, 1909

 18 Miguel Caro Quintero

Miguel Caro Quintero
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: 1963 AD
Nationality: Mexican

 19 Joaquín Guzmán Loera

Joaquín Guzmán Loera
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Famous As: Drug lord
Birthdate: April 4, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Mexican

 20 Fabio Ochoa Vásquez

Fabio Ochoa Vásquez
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Famous As: Drug trafficker
Birthdate: May 2, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Colombian

 21 Howard Marks

Howard Marks
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 13, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British, Welsh
Died: April 10, 2016

 22 Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano

Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano
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Famous As: Drug lord
Birthdate: December 25, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Mexican
Died: October 7, 2012

 23 Gene Gotti

Gene Gotti
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Famous As: Drug trafficker
Birthdate: 1946 AD
Nationality: American

 24 Ignacio Coronel Villarreal

Ignacio Coronel Villarreal
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Famous As: Drug lord
Birthdate: February 1, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Mexican
Died: July 29, 2010

 25 Felix Mitchell

Felix Mitchell
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Famous As: Drug Dealer
Birthdate: August 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: August 21, 1986

 26 Jaybee Sebastian

Jaybee Sebastian
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: January 20, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Filipino
Died: July 18, 2020

 27 Roberto Suárez Goméz

Roberto Suárez Goméz
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Famous As: Drug lord
Birthdate: January 8, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Bolivian
Died: July 20, 2000
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