10. Frank Lucas (“Superfly”)
Frank Lucas was a heroin dealer and a boss of an organized criminal gang. His country of operation was the U.S.A., where he operated in Harlem in the late 1960′s and early 1970′s. He was known for buying heroin direct from the sources where he smuggled and stored it in coffins of dead American servicemen. His career was notoriously dramatized in the 2007 film American Gangster. He was arrested in 1975 and sentenced to 70 years in prison.
9. Rick Ross
Rick Ross was a crack cocaine distributor in the 1980′s. Many people consider him responsible for the crack cocaine epidemic in America in 1999. He once claimed to be selling not less than $3 million of crack cocaine daily. He was set up in 1996 to sell 100 kilos of coke to an undercover drug enforcer by one of his partners.
8. Arturo Beltran Leyva (“Boss of Bosses”)
He was the leader of Beltran Leyva cartel, a Mexican drug trafficking organization that was involved in the production and transportation of cocaine, heroin and marijuana. The gang has been blamed to be involved in contact killing, kidnapping, torture and human trafficking in Mexico.
7. Felix Mitchell
He was also referred as the Cat. He became the leader of 69 Mob after dropping out of high school. Operating in the U.S.A. he had a large scale gang controlled drug operation. It was the first of its kind in the country. He was stabbed and killed when in prison.
6. Carlos Lehder
He operated in the Bahamas. Lehder is popularly known to have made two major contributions to the drugs trade. He co-founded a drug cartel known as Medellin that is the most violent and profitable drug cartel in history. He also upgraded the transportation and distribution of drugs from drug mules to pop planes from Colombia to the U.S.A. via the Bahamas.
5. Jose Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha
He operated in Colombia. His career started as a hired gun, working for coke traffickers before becoming Medellin cartel number 2 behind Pablo Escobar. He always had new and creative trafficking routes from Mexico to the U.S.A. He died in 1989 after a gun flight with the Colombian Police.
4. Griselda Blanco
Griselda Blanco was the cocaine Godmother who operated in the U.S.A. She loved to smoke crack and ordering cold blood assassinations that included a two year old. She is responsible for about 200 murders. In 1985 she was arrested and sentenced to 20 years but she continued with her business while in prison. She was released from prison in 2004 and was deported to Colombia.
3. Khun Sa (“The Opium King”)
Khun Sa was involved in heroin and operated in Burma. He is famed as the world king of heroin, producing almost one third of the world’s heroin supply. He lived a luxurious life until his natural death in 2007.
2. Amado Carrillo Fuentes
Amado Carrillo Fuentes is also known as “Lord of the Skies”. He was involved in cocaine and operated in Mexico. He was transporting four times the amount of cocaine to the U.S. more than any other drug trafficker in the world. He was called lord of the skies for using over 22 private jets and 727 airliners to transport cocaine around Mexico. He was the most powerful drug trafficker in his era and one of the world’s richest men.
1. Pablo Escobar
He operated in Colombia. The Colombian drug Lord was in 1989 declared by Forbes magazine as the seventh wealthiest man in the world. He was a ruthless drug lord who was estimated to have controlled four to firths of the world cocaine market. He is believed to be the most intelligent drug lord of all time and the most organized and innovative. He died in 1993 while being chased by the Colombian police.