Probably millions of people on the planet would want to become drug dealers, if given a chance. The profession doesn’t require people to have a college degree or good looks. Drug lords are the people who’ve made a notorious name in the world of drug trafficking. They smuggle wholesale quantities of highly expensive drugs including heroin and cocaine. Here is the list of top 10 drug lords in the world.
10. Frank Lucas:
Popularly known by the name ‘Superfly’, Frank Lucas was one among the richest drug kingpins all over the world in 1960s and 1970s. Frank was arrested in 1975 when cops raided his private properties and seized nearly 0.5 million dollars in cash. Frank smuggled drugs in coffins of dead American servicemen. His life was portrayed in the celebrated Hollywood movie American Gangster.
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9. Zhenli Ye Gon:
Now a Mexican citizen, Zhenli was born and raised up in Shanghai. A legal representative of a Mexican Pharma company, Zhenli is believed to have trafficked drugs from Asia to Mexico. Law enforcement officials once raided his private property in Mexico and found a giant pile of dollars – totaling $200 million! Zhenli’s network is spread across Asia, Mexico and he’s believed to have strong working relationships with the Sinaloa Cartel, a drug trafficking crime syndicate.
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8. Ricky Ross:
In the 1980s, drug lord Ricky Ross was one of the few people who controlled illegal distribution of crack in the United States. Ricky Ross was an undisputed leader among drug dealers in the western part of the country. Many people believe that Ricky Ross was the biggest reason millions in the United States became crack addicts. He is believed to have sold crack worth over 3 million dollars everyday! It was in the year 1995 when Ricky got arrested after his partner tricked him to sell off around 100 kg Crack to a federal agent.
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7. Manuel Noriega:
For many years, Panamanian politician and soldier Manuel Noriega worked for CIA. He was one of those assets who got paid damn well and still preferred to do money laundering and drug trafficking. His first few involvements in the world of illegal drugs came to the light in early 1970s. Manuel Noriega was one of the few drug lords who provided guns in return for drugs. He gave protection to corrupt officials, provided air transport facilities to drug traffickers and made use of advanced banking systems.
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6. Khun Sa:
A warlord in Burma, Khun Sa had a strong army of 800 men. He built a huge opium cultivation estate within a forest. In 1960s, Khun Sa supplied almost 33 percent of total heroine consumed by drug addicts all over the world! Khun Sa continued to live like a king even after he surrendered to the government in Burma as they refused to extradite him out of the country. He died in 2007.
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5. Osiel Cárdenas Guillén:
The biggest name in the Gulf drug cartel, Osiel Cárdenas Guillén started off as a mechanic. Osiel made an entry to the huge drug cartel in Gulf by providing support to Gomez, the capo of the cartel at that time. Osiel later killed the boss and became the unstoppable drug lord of the Gulf cartel. He also attempted to kill an FBI agent and another cop in the year 1999. A reward of 2 million dollars was announced for the drug lord’s arrest soon after. The Mexican Army captured Osiel in 2003. He was later extradited to the United States in 2007 and is currently serving a 25-year sentence.
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4. Jose Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha:
A Columbian drug lord, Jose Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha was one among top billionaires featured in Forbes Magazine in the year 1988! When Jose was a young boy, drug traffickers hired him for killing people. He grew very quickly by exploring some of the most creative and safe drug trafficking routes. It was due to his creative approach in the world of drug trafficking that he managed to amass billions of dollars within no time! He blew himself up with a grenade when the authorities swooped upon him on December 15, 1989.
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3. Amado Carrillo Fuentes:
At one time, Amado was the biggest supplier of drugs to buyers in the United States. Amado succeeded in amassing as much as 25 billion US dollars. Few months before Amado’s death, drug enforcement officials in the United States publicly described him as the shrewdest and extremely powerful man in the drug trafficking industry. He often used air transport facilities for drug trafficking.
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2. Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria:
Popularly known as Pablo Escobar, the Columbian drug lord was the 7th richest man on the planet in 1989 according to the Forbes Magazine. An outlaw with a narcoterrorist’s mindset, Pablo amassed personal wealth of more than 25 billion dollars. At the height of his career, Pablo controlled more than 80 percent worldwide market of cocaine trafficking and was also a member of the Columbian parliament for a brief period. He was shot dead by a special task force a day after his 44th birthday on December 2, 1993 in Columbia. He is the subject of countless films, books and documentaries.
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1. Joaquín Guzmán Loera:
Joaquín Guzmán Loera is a Mexican kingpin who continues to elude various law enforcement agencies in the world till this day. The United States Drug Enforcement Agency names Joaquin as the biggest drug trafficker in the world. His drug trafficking network is spread across United States, Europe and Asia. Right now, there is a 5 million US dollar and 30 million Mexican Pesos bounty on information leading to capture of Joaquin. This is enough to rank him at the top spot among’st the top drug lords in the world.