Organized Crime

List of Famous Drug Lords

Updated June 14, 2019 33.9k views 20 items

List of famous drug lords, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top drug lords in the world? This includes the most prominent drug lords, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable drug lords is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic drug lords were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned drug lords.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known drug lords to the lesser known drug lords of today, these are some of the best professionals in the drug lord field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous drug lords ever?" and "What are the names of famous drug lords?" then you're in the right place. (20 items)
Pablo Escobar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Drug Lords
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Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria (, Spanish: [ˈpaβlo eˈmiljo eskoˈβaɾ ɣaˈβiɾja]; 1 December 1949 – 2 December 1993) was a Colombian drug lord and narcoterrorist who founded and was the sole leader of the Medellín Cartel. Dubbed "The King of Cocaine", Escobar is the wealthiest criminal in history, having amassed an estimated net worth of US$30 billion by the time of his death (equivalent to $58 billion as of 2018), while his cartel monopolized the cocaine trade into the United States in the 1980s and 1990s.Born in Rionegro and raised in Medellín, Escobar studied briefly at Universidad Autónoma Latinoamericana of Medellín, but left without graduating; he instead began engaging in criminal ...more on Wikipedia

Frank Lucas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Drug Lords
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Frank Lucas (September 9, 1930 – May 30, 2019) was an American drug trafficker who operated in Harlem during the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was known for cutting out middlemen in the drug trade and buying heroin directly from his source in the Golden Triangle in Southeast Asia. Lucas boasted that he smuggled heroin using the coffins of dead American servicemen, but this claim is denied by his Southeast Asian associate, Leslie "Ike" Atkinson. Rather than hide the drugs in the coffins, they were hidden in the pallets underneath, as depicted in the feature film American Gangster (2007) in which he was played by Denzel Washington, although the film fictionalized elements of Lucas' life for ...more on Wikipedia

Leroy Barnes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Drug Lords
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Leroy Nicholas Barnes (October 15, 1933 – June 18, 2012) was an American crime boss, active in New York City during the 1970s. In 1972, Barnes formed The Council, a seven-man African-American organized crime syndicate that controlled a significant part of the heroin trade in the Harlem area of New York City. Barnes led The Council into an international drug trafficking ring, in partnership with the Italian-American Mafia, until his arrest in 1977. Barnes was sentenced to life imprisonment, eventually becoming a federal informant that led to the collapse of The Council in 1983. In 2007, Barnes released a book, Mr. Untouchable, written with Tom Folsom, and a documentary DVD of the same title ...more on Wikipedia

Kenneth McGriff is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Drug Lords
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Kenneth McGriff

Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff (born September 19, 1960) is a convicted former American drug trafficker and organized crime figure. McGriff came to prominence in early 1981 when he formed his own Crack cocaine-distributing and manufacturing organization which he called The Supreme Team based in South Jamaica, Queens, New York City, New York. Under McGriff's leadership, the gang's numbers swelled to the hundreds and came to control the Crack Cocaine trade in the Baisley Park, the neighborhood where McGriff was raised. In 1987, McGriff was arrested following a joint state and federal investigation and in 1989 pleaded guilty to engaging in a Continuing Criminal Enterprise. He was sentenced to 12 ...more on Wikipedia