The activity of drug lords, which is naturally covered in mystery. Few can reliably determine all the operations that they conduct. Therefore, the achievements of these people are often unreliable.
Not surprisingly, to assess the impact of drug lords, rumors are used, often even exaggerated. However, even such material can give an opportunity to assess these kings of the “black” market and make up the top ten most famous drug lords. Achievements are based on their influence and frequency of mention in the press.
Ricky “Freeway” Ross.
This businessman trades in the United States, supplying cocaine to the western part of the country. It is known that Ross was the largest distributor of this powder in the 80’s. Daily sold goods worth $ 3 million, the drug dealer bought a week to 400 kilograms of a dangerous product. Many consider it Ross responsible for the cocaine epidemic in the United States. However, the Ministry of Justice in 1999 categorically denied this statement. It was recognized that the operations were really large, but hardly one Ross, like any other person, could be responsible for this social problem. Ross’s career ended in 1996 when he was betrayed by his own partner, who offered to sell 100 kg of cocaine to the federal agent of the Anti-Drug Administration, who worked undercover. As a result, to date, Ricky Ross is staying in an American prison without a chance to go free.
Paul Lear Alexander or the “Cocaine Baron”.
Although the main customers of this cocaine supplier are in the United States, it itself is located presumably in Brazil. There are a lot of rumors about Alexander. Affirm. For example, that he was trained in the Israeli MOSSAD. It is only certain that, as the main supplier of cocaine in Brazil, the drug baron fled to the United States, where he became an informer of the “Office for Combating Drugs.” At the same time, Alexander did not think to stop his own activities, giving out his competitors to the authorities. However, the double play of the cunning man could not last long. “The Office for Combating Drugs” did not like this approach of the informant. At the moment, Alexander is in a Brazilian prison.
Santiago Luis Polanco Rodriguez or “Yayo”.
The drug lord himself deployed in the United States, but his clients included Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. Rodriguez supplied cocaine using more sophisticated methods than conventional ones. In the sales schemes there were weekly discounts, the use of business cards, a recognizable brand and the transfer of goods to dealers in envelopes of pergamina, which are usually used by philatelists. The genius of the drug baron was visible to the naked eye. However, in 1987, a trap started, arranged by the same “Office on Drugs”. But since Rodriguez’s detention was not connected with his main activity, his stay in the Dominican prison was short-lived. Now Rodriguez lives quietly with his family in the Dominican Republic, out of reach of the persecution of US authorities.
Felix Mitchell, or “Cat Felix”.
Another nickname for the businessman was “Gangster 69”. He trades in the United States, supplying heroin and cocaine there. Gangster trade turnover Mitchell amazes – he became the first of its kind drug lord, who paid attention to smart PR. The dealer paid children excursions to the zoo and amusement parks and sponsored talented athletes. In his 30 years Mitchell enjoyed great popularity in Oakland, where he lived. However, a successful businessman attracted the interest of law enforcement agencies and was arrested in 1985. The court sentenced Felix to life imprisonment, but he stayed in prison for less than two years, being stabbed on August 21, 1986, two days before his 32nd birthday. The conclusion and death of the leader led to a surge in urban crime – there were too many people who wanted to grab a bigger piece of the criminal inheritance.As a result, people were shot from the car, just like in gangland fighters. The very funeral of Mitchell became a real event for the city. The funeral procession followed the Rolls-Royces through the crowd of many thousands. In the church there were huge flower compositions in the form of a dollar sign and a cat. It is curious, but a few years after the death of a drug baron, his criminal record was dropped, thanks to technical inaccuracies committed during the investigation. From this moment, the image of Mitchell became even more popular in a criminal environment, he became a hero of gangsta rap songs.
Although the drug baron is located in the Bahamas, he regularly delivers cocaine to the United States. It is noted that it was Leder who at one time made two major contributions to the spread of drugs. First, he founded the infamous Medellin drug cartel, which then became one of the most lucrative and brutal in the history of this business. And secondly, it was Leder completely changed the scheme of drug trafficking. Now they are delivered to America from Colombia via Vietnam. This step helped to significantly increase the volume of supplies, respectively, and increased profits. It is Ledera who is called the father of the cocaine epidemic in the USA in the 70’s. After all, then the tool was quite expensive, but the businessman decided to saturate the market as much as possible, gradually increasing the volumes of the inexpensive drug, making it affordable for the middle class. It was Leder who became the author of the promotions-actions in the style of “The first dose for free”. The drug lord had a close friendship with Escobar – after all, he was his brother-in-law and worshiped Hitler, printing a green, “narcotic” paint nationalist newspaper. Ledera destroyed megalomania – he turned one of the Bahamas into his own transshipment base, controlling the entire territory. There, according to some estimates, up to 300 kilograms of cocaine per hour. Leder announced to the authorities a real war – only journalists were killed more than a hundred, thousands of policemen died. For the head of each of them criminals were paid a premium from drug dealers in the amount of 4000 dollars. This could not please the authorities who gave the drug baron of the United States, where they put him in jail. The prison term Leder leaves for the United States. To his life sentence added another 135 years.
Jose Gonzalo Rodriguez or Gacha.
This Colombian drug lord is a supplier of cocaine not only across America (South, North and Central), but also to the Caribbean, to Western Europe, perhaps even to Asia. His youth Rodriguez spent as a hired killer, working for gangsters and drug dealers. Rich, Rodriguez was not afraid of public attention to himself. So, in 1988 he even appeared on the list of Forbes magazine as one of the richest people in the world. Gacha became famous for his indefatigability, he was constantly looking for ever new ways of supplying drugs across the Mexican-American border. It was thanks to Rodriguez that the cruelty of the Cartel’s actions increased dramatically. After all, the drug lord even brought to Colombia foreign experts who trained local bandits how best to kill and wage war with the authorities in partisan conditions. At the end of the 1980s, so many orders for murder began to come from Rodriguez directly, that the authorities started a real war with the Medellin drug cartel, as a result Gach was killed in 1989 after a collision with the Colombian police.
Griselda Blanco or the “Cocaine Queen of Miami”.
A woman living in the US successfully spread cocaine in this country. For a long time, the cocaine queen was considered invincible. This was accompanied by her ruthlessness, associated perhaps with an unbalanced psyche. Among all the drug traffickers who collaborated with the Medellin drug cartels, it was Blanco that was one of the most effective. Her way Blanco began in the 60’s when her husband, Carlos Trujillo, introduced the woman to Alberto Bravo, a merchant from Medellin. In 1971, the woman organized her own network.Some sources estimated her personal fortune in half a billion dollars, and the annual turnover of her empire was estimated at 40 billion. The lady wore fashionable couture dresses, smoked crack, but legends say that her greatest entertainment was cold-blooded murders committed with special perverted sophistication. They talk about 200 victims of the drug queen. The fact that she killed three of her husbands gave her the nickname “The Black Widow”. Over time Blanco became addicted, having fun shooting at innocent people. Sexual contacts with her took place at the barrel of a pistol … The cruelty of a woman and the killing of her two-year-old child spurred her search. As a result, she was caught by the “Office on Drugs Control” in 1985 and sentenced to 20 years for drug trafficking. Blanco was released in 2004 and immediately deported to Colombia, her homeland, her current whereabouts are unknown.
Hun Sa or “Opium King.”
Although the drug lord lived in Burma, the bulk of his opium and heroin flow falls on the United States. The history of the formation of Hong Sa began in the 60s, when he, who at that time was one of Burma’s military leaders, disappeared into the jungle, along with an army of 800 people. The whole group decided to devote themselves to growing opium. Gradually there was a whole city dedicated to this occupation. After several skirmishes with the authorities, Hong Sa was captured in 1969, but released in exchange for hostages in 1973. By 1985, the alliance of drug dealers and rebels led to the fact that the Shan region in general became practically autonomous from the authorities of Burma. At the height of his fame, Hong Sa was the largest trader in the world of heroin, producing about 75% of the world’s volume. Finished goods went to the US through Thailand, and the US authorities even awarded the award for Hong Sa in the amount of $ 3 million. Curiously, in 1989, Hong Sa suggested that the US authorities buy 1,000 tons of heroin from him so that he does not get into international markets. In America, the drug lord was nicknamed the “Prince of Death”, but could not catch him – he himself voluntarily surrendered to the authorities of Burma in 1996, fearing that otherwise they would be handed over to the US. As a result, Hung Sa spent the rest of his life in perfect conditions under conditional arrest in Rangoon, dying there in 2007.
Amando Carrillo Fuentes or “Lord of Heaven”.
This Mexican is famous for his activities in the organization of cocaine trafficking in the United States, Argentina. Chile and his native country. The experience of this business Fuentes acquired, working for the Colombians, in the days of the cocaine boom. His first successful step in this business was a complete refusal of cash. He came up with a payment for cocaine, using it to create his own distribution network. In the late 80’s, the influence of Colombians in this business began to subside, enterprising Fuentes created in Mexico his own Juarez Cartel, which began to have a powerful force – after all, his daily turnover was $ 30 million. This power was promoted by the fact that Fuentes decided to use the air fleet for the spread of cocaine, which gave him the appropriate nickname. In the Cartel Park there were more than 700 aircraft that made flights to Peru, Bolivia and Colombia. At the time of the heyday of the drug baron in his payroll passed even the highest officials of the Mexican “Office for Combating Drugs.” Own network of Fuentes was estimated by some estimations of 25 billion dollars. Amando’s operations could not help attracting the attention of the authorities, he quickly became one of the most wanted people in the world. That’s why Fuentes in 1997 resorted to plastic surgery to change the appearance. However, the doctors were mistaken, which caused the death of their patient first, and then of their own. They say that the surgeons were found immured in barrels for oil products. The case of Fuentes was continued by his brother and son, but the power of Cartel in competitive wars noticeably weakened.
This drug baron is the most famous of all listed on this list.While in Colombia, Escobar traded cocaine with North, Central and South America, the Caribbean Islands, Europe and Asia. Drug baron was not the smartest of all, he was not considered an organizer, there were no brilliant ideas behind him. Escobar’s feature was his ruthlessness, which helped him to take his place. Pablo grew up among the poor, absorbing romantic stories about the “banditos” who plundered the rich, giving money to the poor. Life in the slums led to the fact that the young man was expelled from school. First, Escobar began to steal gravestones from the cemetery, then created a gang engaged in car theft and racketeering. In 1972, when Pablo was only 23 years old, he became one of the most famous criminal authorities of Medellin. At this time, there was a boom in cocaine in the States and Escobar was willing to take up a new business. In 1977, he and three other major traders founded the Medellin drug cartel. Escobar was the head of this organization, managing his empire with ostentatious impunity. Retaliation actions were held against anyone who dared challenge Escobar – whether it’s a bold journalist or a principled politician. As a result, drug dealers killed 30 judges, more than 400 policemen. A case of the bombing of Escobar by the Avianca flight 203, in which the candidate for the Presidency of Colombia has not appeared, is well known. But the victims were 107 innocent people. It is believed that more than 300 people were killed by order of Escobar. At the time of its heyday, the Medellin cartel controlled about 80% of the world’s total cocaine market. The annual turnover was estimated at $ 30 billion, and the personal status of the drug lord according to Forbes estimates for 1989 was 9 billion. It should be noted that in order to enlist the support of the population, Escobar built houses for the poor, paved roads and even erected stadiums. In the 80’s, Pablo began his political activities, but realizing that he was just a “dubious personality” outside Medellin, unleashed a new wave of terror. Naturally, Escobar was hunting. Fearing his extradition to the United States, he concluded an agreement with the Colombian authorities, according to which he surrendered in 1991, and was to serve his sentence in the most comfortable prison. However, this did not change anything – Escobar went to nightclubs and stadiums, continued to conduct their business. As a result, the authorities decided to transfer the criminal to a real prison, it is not surprising that the drug lord soon escaped. In Colombia, even arose a special group of citizens affected by Escobar. They began to pursue and destroy all those who were somehow connected with it. The estates and houses of Escobar were burned, its power melted, and in 1993 the cartel collapsed. On Escobar the real hunt developed, which resulted in his death wound on December 2, 1993, after a joint operation of Colombian and American special forces. He gave Pablo a call to his wife – he had not seen his family for more than a year. There are many legends about Escobar. In Medellin himself, he remained a revered man. They say that Pablo himself was killed, but his double. Another beautiful story indicates that, having been at night in the mountains with the children, Escobar burned about $ 2 million in cash to keep warm.