If you thought the world administration was run by political rivalries and business alliances, the following paragraphs will open your eyes to a new reality. Don’t get dumbfound, if you come across words like murders, heroin, cocaine, drugs trafficking, million dollar bills, smuggling, extortion and fugitives in this article. Welcome to the secret world of organized crime and drugs mafia of South America. From the past to the present day, the South American state has been home to several drug cartels. You can call them drug mafias, kingpins or drugs barons. They have been constantly involvement in shaping the present society – they remain covered because they get things done by others, and never do them upfront for anyone to take note. Godfathers from South America had the power over the largest organized crime operations and illegal drugs racket on the planet. Let’s check ’em out below.
4. Joaquín Guzmán Loera “El Chapo Guzmán
Boss of the criminal organization called Sinaloa Cartel, Joaquín Guzmán was successor to Ismael Zamabada Gracia. Ever since 2009, Guzmán has been ranked as one of the most powerful people in the world and is the 10th richest man in Mexico. For his numerous criminal records against drug trafficking, murder, bribery, criminal association and money laundering, Joaquin was arrested on 9 June 1993 and sentenced to 20 years in jail, nine months in a prison at Federal Social Readaptation center. Even during his imprisonment, Joaquin was a major international drug trafficker, but in his absence, the vast drug mafia was mainly handled by his brother, Arturo Guzmán Loera. After nearly 8 years, Guzman escaped the prison wall with a master plan that included bribing jail officials. But, Mexico’s top drug kingpin was rearrested in 2014 and is still facing several charges from the Government of Mexico and US.
3. Nazario Moreno González
Born on 8th March 1970, Nazario Moreno was the leader of La Familia Michoacana and the Knights Templar Cartel. Due to his wicked behavior, the Mexican drug lord was nicknamed“the craziest one” by his fellow members. Moreno was a celebrated name among the poorer section of Mexico and was seen as a messiah by many. This is why Moreno operated his organization under the veil of a religious cult. Although, Moreno was a spiritual figure among the poor, he too was progressively setting foot into the clutches of the international drugs racket. In 2010, the Mexican government declared Moreno González dead, but his body was not found. Four years post this declaration; the notorious drug lord was involved in open fire contest with security forces and was later shot to death with his name engaged in several criminal activities like drug trafficking, organized crime, kidnapping, murder, and thefts.
2. Amado Carrillo Fuentes
Amado Carrillo, the Mexican drug lord who was known as the Lord of the Skies for his large fleet of jets, which he used for drugs trafficking. Amado was the successor to Vicente Carrillo Fuentes and was known for laundering money from Colombia through France. However, the most prominent of his criminal records is for drugs trafficking in Mexico. It was identified that Amado Carrillo smuggled four times more cocaine than any drug dealer in the world at that time. He had 27 private Boeing 727 jet airliners that used to smuggle cocaine from Colombia to all corners of the world like Russia, USA, Europe and Asia. His mutual operating harmony with rival trafficking groups was a major factor behind his success. His name became a rummage with the US & Mexican intelligence and several joint operations were carried on to find the drug lord. With the rosining pressure from the intelligence authorities, Amado had to undergo a plastic surgery but couldn’t survive nine long hours of medication and died on July 3, 1997.
1. Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria
His life is a perfect portrayal to a mafia king. Pablo, who started his criminal career as a simple middle class accountant, accomplished the tag for the world’s wealthiest men with his dominant approach. Pablo was the leader of one of the most powerful criminal organizations and at the peak on global mafia list during the 80’s. His gateway to the crime world began in 1975 with cocaine smuggling and in a matter of few years his drugs network gained notoriety and controlled maximum percentage of the world’s drugs market. Due to his rising popularity, Pablo was elected to Colombia’s Congress in 1982 and has his own inescapable policy to deal with law enforcement and the government. In his crime reign, Pablo worked to create goodwill among the poor people of Colombia, but was also convicted for several criminal activities like drug trafficking and smuggling, assassinations, bombing, bribery, racketeering, money laundering, murder and political corruption. The Mexican cocaine king was eventually gunned down on December 2, 1993, with a joint effort from Colombian and US security forces.