Today in Drug Lord History

Criminals: Gangsters - Mafiosos

Historical Events

  • 1980-01-13 Head of narcotic brigade arrested for drug smuggling in Belgium
  • 1989-02-21 US bust Chinese drug smuggling ring, capturing a record 820 lbs of heroin worth $1 billion at street value

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991-06-19 Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar surrenders to police

Colombian Drug Lord Pablo Escobar
Colombian Drug Lord
Pablo Escobar

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2001-01-19 Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán escapes from Puente Grande maximum-security prison near Guadalajara by bribing prison guards and hiding in a laundry cart

  • 2013-04-11 14 people are killed in clashes between drug traffickers and police in Michoacán, Mexico
  • 2015-07-11 Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán escapes from Altiplano maximum-security prison west of Mexico City via a specially constructed 1.5 km tunnel from his cell to a nearby house
  • 2016-01-08 Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announces the recapture of drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, six months after he escaped prison

Famous Birthdays

  • 1930-09-09 Frank Lucas, Drug Lord
  • 1944-12-07 Jamiel Chagra, American drug trafficker
  • 1945-08-13 Howard Marks, British drug dealer and author (Mr Nice), born in Kenfig Hill, Wales (d. 2016)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1949-12-01 Pablo Escobar, Colombian drug lord, born in Rionegro, Colombia (d. 1993)

Colombian Drug Lord Pablo Escobar
Colombian Drug Lord
Pablo Escobar
  • 1953-10-06 Klaas Bruinsma, Dutch drug lord (d. 1991)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1954-12-25 Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, Mexican drug lord and escape artist, born in La Tuna, Sinaloa, Mexico (or April 4th, 1957)

  • 1977-07-10 Schapelle Corby, Australian convicted drug smuggler
  • 1980-01-28 Jesse James American drug dealer and fugitive, born in Hollywood, California

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1941-12-26 Jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald (24) weds convicted drug dealer Benny Kornegay

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald

Famous Deaths

  • 1985-09-11 Andrew C. Thornton II, American drug smuggler (b. 1945)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1993-12-02 Pablo Escobar, Colombian drug lord, shot to death by Colombian Police at 44

Colombian Drug Lord Pablo Escobar
Colombian Drug Lord
Pablo Escobar
  • 1995-01-21 Flavio "Negao" Pires da Conceicao, drug Trafficker, dies at 25
  • 2005-12-02 Van Tuong Nguyen, Australian drug smuggler (hanged) (b. 1980)
  • 2009-12-29 Akmal Shaikh, British drug trafficker, executed by lethal injection in the People's Republic of China (b. 1956)
  • 2016-04-10 Howard Marks, British drug dealer and author (Mr Nice), dies at 70