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15 Famous Drug Dealers Throughout History

15. Larry Hoover

Known as “King Larry,” Larry Hoover was the leader of the Black Gangster Disciple Nation in Chicago, which controlled the South Side of the city’s drug trade. By 1973, he was sentenced to 150 to 200 years in prison. However, even while behind the bars, it turns out that he was still running his crime syndicate.

14. Christopher Coke

lso known as “Dudus,” Christopher Coke is a Jamaican drug lord and the leader of the feared Shower Posse gang. The gang derives its name from “showering” communities with bullets and was blamed for more than 1,000 murders during the 1980’s.

13. Joaquin Guzman

Also known as “El Chapo,” Joaquin Guzman is considered one of the biggest drug lords in history. He is well known for his use of sophisticated tunnels to smuggle cocaine from Mexico into the US. Responsible for shipping tons of drugs to more than 50 countries around the world, Guzman has also earned a reputation as the world’s leading escape artist as he has managed to break out of prison two times.

12. Dario Antonio Usuga

The leader of Colombia’s largest and most feared cartel, the Urabenos, Usuga is one of the biggest drug lords in the world right now. The US government is offering a reward of $5 million for information leading to his capture.

11. Osien Cardenas Guillen


This cartel was an organized crime group that controlled a significant portion of Mexico’s drug trade in northeastern part of the country. Later on, Guillen also became the head of Los Zetas, a gang feared for extreme violence and brutality.

10. Curtis Warren

A former bouncer at a Liverpool nightclub, Curtis “Cocky” Warren was once Britain’s most notorious drug boss and Interpol’s Target One. The Sunday Times estimated that he, at the height of his power, had a fortune of more than 260 million dollars. In 2009, Warren was jailed for 13 years over a massive cannabis plot.

9. Amado Carillo Fuentes

Nicknamed “El Senor de los Cienos” (The Lord of the Skies) for his use of converted passenger aircraft to fly cocaine from Colombia to Mexico, Amado Carillo Fuentes took over Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Cartel as well as some other Colombian drug cartels. This made him one of the richest drug bosses ever with an estimated fortune of over US $25 billion.

8. Mireya Moreno Carreon


Mireya Moreno Carreon was one of the first females to make a name for herself in the feared Mexican Los Zetas drug cartel. She was responsible for all of the drug-trafficking hot spots in Monterrey, Mexico. She actually began as a police officer before joining up with the drug lords, and eventually became a boss of Los Zetas. She was arrested by authorities one year later while driving a stolen vehicle that held tons of drugs.

7. Klaas Bruinsma

In the late 1980’s, Klaas Bruinsma, a notorious Dutch kingpin, was the biggest drug lord in Europe. At a certain point in time, his cartel yielded millions of dollars each day. After accumulating an incredible fortune, Bruinsma wanted to retire from the criminal world…but only after the last big deal, the “mother of all deals” as he called it. He imported 45 tons of black Pakistani cannabis, but the material was seized by the police. One year later, Bruinsma was shot dead by an organized crime member and former police officer Martin Hoogland.

6. Jose Figueroa Agosto

Figueroa Agosto (born June 28, 1964), also known as “José David Figueroa Agosto”, “Junior Capsula” and “the Pablo Escobar of the Caribbean”, is a Puerto Rican drug trafficker.[1] As the head of a major drug trafficking organization that made 90% of cocaine in Puerto Rico, Figueroa Agosto is considered to be one of the most dangerous drug lords of Puerto Rico.[2] He was the most wanted fugitive in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic

5. George Jung

born August 6, 1942), nicknamed Boston George and El Americano, is a former drug trafficker and smuggler who was a major player in the cocaine trade in the United States in the 1970s and early 1980s. Jung was a part of the Medellín Cartel, which was responsible for up to 85 percent of the cocaine smuggled into the United States. He specialized in the smuggling of cocaine from Colombia on a large scale. His life story was portrayed in the biopic Blow (2001), starring Johnny Depp. Jung was released from prison on June 2, 2014, after serving nearly 20 years for drug-smuggling.[1] On December 6, 2016 Jung was arrested and booked in Sacramento County jail for around a month, due to violating his parole. He was arrested while giving a speech in San Diego.

4. Rafael Caro Quintero

Born in 1952, Rafael Caro Quintero is a Mexican drug trafficker and one of the leaders of the Guadalajara Cartel, a forerunner of the notorious Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel.

3. Khun Sa


Also known as “The Opium King,” Khun Sa was one of the most feared and powerful kingpins in Asia. He was the leader of smuggling operations in the Golden Triangle, an opium-producing area in Southeast Asia that included Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand. At a certain point in time, the Golden Triangle was responsible for 70% of the world’s opium.

2. Dawood Ibrahim

Nicknamed “Bhai,” Dawood Ibrahim is a notorious drug baron and gangster from Mumbai, India. Ibrahim has for years led a 5,000-member criminal syndicate known as D-Company. The organized crime group has engaged in everything from narcotics to contract killing, working mostly in Pakistan, India, and the United Arab Emirates.

1. Fabio Ochoa Vasquez

Along with his older brothers Juan David and Jorge Luis, Fabio Ochoa Vasquez was at one point leading the Medellin Cartel. While Juan David and Jorge Luis operated in Colombia, Fabio moved to Florida where he lived in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. He was alleged to have handled thousands of pounds of cocaine there. After serving a brief prison term in Colombia, he was arrested and extradited to the US in 1999, where he has been serving a 30-year term in a federal prison.

December 4, 2017 7:53 am