A drug lord, drug baron, kingpin or narcotrafficker is a high ranking crime boss who controls a sizable network of people involved in the illegal drug trade. Such figures are often difficult to bring to justice, as they are normally not directly in possession of something illegal, but are insulated from the actual trade in drugs by several layers of staff. The prosecution of drug lords is therefore usually the result of carefully planned infiltration into their networks, often using informants from within the organizations
Freeway" Rick Ross was in town recently, and he'll be back soon. That's because he's working with the group National Diversity Inclusion & Cannabis Alliance to help Black and brown people get into the cannabis business in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Detroit.
In case you don't know who Ross is, he's the guy who some blame for popularizing crack cocaine back in the 1980s. Starting in 1989, Ross served prison time in Ohio, Texas, and California. The California imprisonment was a life sentence on federal charges, but the sentence was later reduced and Ross was freed in 2009. Over the past five years, he fought for and recently was granted a license to sell adult-use marijuana in Los Angeles.
It's been a long road from illegal cocaine dealer in 1989 to legal marijuana retailer in 2019.
According to the way he tells it in his eponymous autobiography, Ross bought his first cocaine in 1979 for $50. The next day he sold it for $100 and was hooked on the money. It was 1979 and "crack cocaine" wasn't even in the lexicon yet, but the rocks of white powder fueled a billion-dollar business empire for Ross. It probably helped that when he first snorted cocaine he didn't get high. That helped him keep a businesslike attitude as he started moving product.
Roberto Suárez Gómez
Roberto Suárez Gómez (January 8, 1932 – July 20, 2000), also known as the King of Cocaine, was a Bolivian drug lord and trafficker who played a major role in the expansion of cocaine trafficking in Bolivia. At his prime, Suárez made $400 million annually, was one of the major suppliers of the Medellín Cartel as well as the leader of the largest Bolivian drug empire, and was considered to be the biggest cocaine producer in the world.
William Jardine lived from 24 February 1784 to 27 February 1843. He was a ship's surgeon who went on to become one of the founders of Jardine Matheson trading company. The wider picture in Scotland at the time is set out in our Historical Timeline.
William Jardine was born on a farm near Lochmaben in southern Scotland. Jardine's father died when he was nine years old and his education was paid for by an older brother, David. In 1800 at the age of 16, he began to study for a medical degree at the University of Edinburgh. He graduated two years later and took up employment as a surgeon's mate on board the East India Merchant Ship "Brunswick". The East India Company allowed employees to trade on their own account, and even allocated cargo space to individual members of crew to allow them to do so. Jardine took full advantage, even renting space from fellow crew members to allow him to maximise his own trading profits.
In 1817 Jardine left the East India Company to become an independent trader. In 1824 he was invited to help run the established trading company Magniac and Co, from 1828 doing so in partnership with fellow Scot James Matheson. This proved to be a highly successful partnership and In July 1, 1832 they formed Jardine, Matheson and Company Ltd. with the aim of trading opium, tea and other goods to and from the Chinese market, working closely alongside the British East India Company. The following year the British Parliament revoked monopoly rights of the British East India Company to carry trade between Britain and China, and Jardine Mathesons rapidly displaced them as the most important British trading firm in Asia.
Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán
Drug kingpin El Chapo labelled himself a "farmer" and offered details of his unusual home life during an interview with prison guards.
Dressed in a beige uniform marked "3870", the captive Mexican crime lord - real name Joaquin Guzman - has appeared in rare footage from inside the jail where he was taken after his arrest in 2016.
When asked for his alias, he replies "El Chapo", and when asked for his occupation, he replies "farmer".
Guzman goes on to confirm his then age of 58, that he had a primary school education, that his mother was still alive, and that his trousers size was 34.
Asked for his wife's name, he said: "The one I'm married to is Alejandrina Salazar.
"But the one I live with is Emma Coronel."
The footage also shows guards shaving off his black moustache and mop of hair, before leading him to a bleak looking cell where he is handed a puffy jacket, a thin mattress and two rolls of toilet paper.
Marcos Willians Herbas Camacho (born 13 April 1968), also known as Marcola, is a Brazilian criminal, drug trafficker and the current leader of the Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC), the largest Brazilian criminal organization and prison gang according to a 2012 Brazilian Government report; it is based in the state of São Paulo. Marcola is currently serving 234 years in prison. With a net worth of R$90 million, Marcola is considered to be one of the most wanted drug traffickers in Brazil and in all of Latin America.
Marcola eventually became the leader of the Primeiro Comando da Capital, one of the most organized drug cartels in Brazil, and had placed a death bounty on former leaders César "Césinha" (Little César) Augusto Roris da Silva and José "Geleião" (Big Jelly) Márcio Felício. Under the leadership of Marcola, there was more structure in the drug cartels, members are forced to pay a monthly income and even a code of discipline known as the "Devil's Code".  Marcola is also responsible for causing 29 prison riots in 2001 and for the murder of Judge Antônio José Machado Dias, known for his attempts to stop the activities of PCC and for the construction of the Penitentiary Readaptation Center in Presidente Bernardes, São Paulo.
Pablo Escobar, in full Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria, (born December 1, 1949, Rionegro, Colombia—died December 2, 1993, Medellín), Colombian criminal who, as head of the Medellín cartel, was arguably the world’s most powerful drug trafficker in the 1980s and early ’90s.
Soon after his birth, Escobar’s family—his father was a farmer and his mother a schoolteacher—moved to Envigado, Colombia, a suburb of Medellín. While still a teenager, he began a life of crime. His early illegal activities included selling fake diplomas, smuggling stereo equipment, and stealing tombstones to resell. Escobar also stole cars, and it was this offense that resulted in his first arrest, in 1974. As the cocaine industry grew in Colombia—thanks in part to its proximity to Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia, major growers of coca, from which cocaine is derived—Escobar became involved in drug smuggling. In the mid-1970s he helped found the crime organization that later became known as the Medellín cartel. His notable partners included the Ochoa brothers: Juan David, Jorge Luis, and Fabio. Escobar served as head of the organization, which focused largely on the production, transport, and sale of cocaine.
Rick ross the rapper just took over the drug lord's name. They even went to court over it but the rapper own the case
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