Drug abuse and drug smuggling are one of the serious social concerns today. Youth fall into this trap of drugs and ruin their lives. The drugs bring about delusions and hallucinations which finally lead to mental disorders, once withdrawn. This problem’s root traces to the drug lords who smuggle drugs around the world and tend to make wholesome money by supplying them. They make money by dealing with narcotics such as, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and marijuana. These drugs are very costly but once addicted it is really hard to get out of the trap.
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Here is the list of the Top 10 Richest Drug Lords in the world at the moment:
10. Ismael Garcia
His full name is Ismael Zambada Garcia. He was born on the 1st of January 1948. He is also known as El Mayo Zambada. He used to run a cartel in the country none other than Mexico along with El Chapo. This continued until 2017 when Chapo was captured. He is now in control of the entire cartel. His main line of work is transportation of cocaine and any other narcotics and guns into the United States by any means of transportation. He also owns a submarine. He is filthily rich and has his dealings spread in many parts of the world.
9. Richard Ross
His full name is Richard Donald Ross. He was born on the 26th of January 1960. He is also known as Freeway Rick Ross. He started by selling drugs as a college kid when he was 19 years old. He failed his tennis scholarship and needed money. The only he could think of, was to sell drugs. His main line of work is transportation of cocaine and any other narcotics and guns into the United States by any means of transportation. He himself authored his autobiography in 2014. He is the owner of assets worth over 52 million dollars.
8. George Jung
He was born on the 6th of august 1942. He was part of the drug trafficking in the 196s and 70s.His main line of work is transportation of cocaine and any other narcotics and guns into the United States by any means of transportation. His life was depicted in a 2001 movie called Blow in which Johnny Depp depicted him. He is worth 100 million dollars. He spent 20 years in prison for drug trafficking and was released in 2014. He definitely was the big fish back in the day.
7. Rafael Quintero
His full name is Ismael Rafael Caro Quintero. He was born on the 3rd of October 1952. He co-founded the Guadalajara Cartel with Gallardo and others back in the 70s. This cartel is now not together anymore. He started shipping large amounts of narcotics mainly marijuana into the United states from Mexico.
He was sentenced to 40 years in prison the murder of a fellow man back in the year 1985. But in 2013 he was freed. But he is now wanted in too many countries along with the Unites states and Mexico.
6. Joaquin Loera
His full name is Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera. He is also known as El Chapo. He used to run a cartel in the country none other than Mexico along with El Mayo. This continued until 2017 when Chapo was captured by the DEA. His main line of work is transportation of cocaine and any other narcotics and guns into the United States by any means of transportation.
5. Carlos Rivas
His full name is Carlos Enrique Lehder Rivas. He was born on 11th September 1949 in American Colombia. That certainly is not a good day. He led a very luxurious life. He was founder of the Medellin cartel. He started his life by stealing luxurious cars and dealing marijuana and then went to run a cocaine cartel. He is worth 2.7 billion dollars. But the only drawback is, this guy is in a jail. He is currently serving a 55 year imprisonment. He is one amongst the Top 10 Richest Drug Lords in The World 2017.
4. Gilberto Orejuela
His full name is Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela. He was born on 30th January 1939 in American Colombia. He led a very luxurious life. He founded the Cali cartel along with his brother in 1970s. He was dealing marijuana and then went to run a cocaine cartel. He was supplying marijuana and cocaine to the United States and Europe. He owns assets worth over 3 billion dollars. He is currently serving a 30 year term.
3. Ochoa Vázquez Brothers
These are three brothers who were the cofounders of the Medellin cartel. This cartel was a bit violent when compared to the Cali cartel. They were dealing large amounts of marijuana and cocaine. And have been caught before. They have been moving in and out of prisons for some time now. They always work together. And they have owned assets worth 6 billion dollars together.
2. Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar
At the 2nd position in the list is Dawood Ibrahim, who was born in India. He is from Allahabad. He was the sponsor of the 1993 Mumbai blast. He is also involved in businesses such as weapons trafficking, match-fixing and others. He is one of the most wanted by the Interpol. He has been declared as a global terrorist by the Government of the United States and the Indian government. He is worth 6.7 billion dollars in total.
1. Frank Lucas
He is a former heroine dealer, born in 1930 in the United States. He is from North Carolina. He used to run the drug empire that stretches between New York and South-East Asia. He was the man who broke the monopoly of the Italian drug empire that bloomed on cocaine and marijuana. He was depicted by Denzel Washington in the movie American Gangster. He is estimated to be worth 52 billion dollars. This richest drug lord has served about 12 years of imprisonment.
This was the list of the Top 10 richest drug lords 2017. There is a possibility that few more people are unknown and assets are also gone unnoticed. These people have gotten filthily rich only by doing anti-social activities and are the black spots to the mankind. There has to be some serious steps taken to stop such anti-social activities all over the world.