Pablo Escobar was Colombia’s most notorious drug lord. At one point, his fortune was so impressive that it caused him to join the Colombian political scene, where he made an offer to pay off the country’s massive national debt. Large sums of money were stored in warehouses, and it is estimated that he spent thousands of dollars on elastic bands to hold the bundles in place.
During the 1980s, he was one of the world’s most powerful men, commanding armies and police forces alike. During his heyday, he was ranked seventh on Forbes’ global wealth list. After a gunfight with police, he died at the age of 44.
Others include Jorge Alberto Rodriguez, who was born in New York, and Griselda Blanco, who smuggled cocaine from Colombia to Miami in the 1970s and 1980.
America is generally the last destination for narcotics trafficked by prominent drug lords. However, there have also been a number of notable American drug lords.
Rick Ross, well known by his stage name “Freeway,” was one of the most well-known. In the 1980s, this American drug king ruled over a vast drug trade in Los Angeles. Drug trafficking brought him enormous wealth, which he used to fund his criminal activities throughout the country.
As much as $2 million is said to have been earned in a single day by him. At one point, Rock Ross had a net worth of more than $500 million.
Rakesh Jyoti Saran, who operated a sophisticated drug empire in Arlington, Texas, is the greatest American drug lord. In the late 1990s, when he went under the alias “Black Panther,” he built his empire entirely online.
According to reports, he was making upwards of $50,000 a day by purchasing and reselling large quantities of prescription medicines (including those containing codeine). Although Saran’s empire is distinct from that of the other prominent drug lords profiled in this book, the fact that he controlled it all by himself makes him so infamous.
One of Europe’s Biggest Drug Lords
Everyone has heard of the drug lords from Mexico and Columbia, but what about those from Europe? Because the regulations are stricter, the terrain is less conducive to large-scale illegal drug cultivation, and the proximity of so many first-world nations makes drug trafficking more difficult, this area is less attractive to drug kingpins.
Italy has produced a number of formidable kingpins throughout the years. Rocco Morabito, the former head of the ‘ndrangheta criminal organisation, was a result of the Mafia’s influence in Naples and Sicily. Andrangheta business was said to account for 3.5% of Italy’s GDP, with many transactions involving powerful cartels in both Colombia and Mexico..
This is just one of the many groups that helped to move vast quantities of South American drugs across Europe, from Greece to the UK and Norway, in a matter of years.
Rocco Morabito, who has evaded capture for several years, is still at large at the time of this writing.
One of the world’s most powerful drug lords