Today in Drug Lord History

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

Person of InterestPablo Escobar Jailed

1991-06-19 Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar surrenders to police
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A mugshot of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar taken in 1977
A mugshot of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar taken in 1977

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1992-07-22 Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar escapes prison

Colombian Drug Lord Pablo Escobar
Colombian Drug Lord
Pablo Escobar
  • 1993-02-15 Bombings by mafia drug lords kill 14 in Bogota, Colombia
  • 1997-07-25 Rocker Rick Danko gets suspended sentence in Japan for drug smuggling

Person of InterestEl Chapo Finally Recaptured

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
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Mexican drug lord Joaquín
Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán in American custody after being extradited to the United States
  • 2013-04-11 14 people are killed in clashes between drug traffickers and police in Michoacán, Mexico

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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
  • 2017-01-19 Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán is extradited to the United States to face trial for his leadership of the Sinaloa drug cartel
  • 2017-12-06 Brazilian drug lord Rogério da Silva arrested in Rio
  • 2018-05-24 Bangladeshi police reported to have shot 52 suspected drug traffickers in anti-narcotics crackdown in 10 days

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2018-06-06 Convicted drug trafficker, Alice Johnson, granted clemency by US President Donald Trump after Kim Kardashian highlights case

TV Personality & Model Kim Kardashian
TV Personality & Model
Kim Kardashian
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2019-02-12 Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán found guilty of all 10 federal crimes against him in New York after 200 hours of testimony
  • 2019-08-05 Brazilian drug dealer Clauvino da Silva tries and fails to escape Rio de Janeiro jail by dressing up as his teenage daughter in silicone mask and wig

Famous Birthdays

  • 1930-09-09 Frank Lucas, American drug kingpin (fictionalised in 2007 film "American Gangster"), born in La Grange, North Carolina (d. 2019)
  • 1944-12-07 Jamiel Chagra, American drug trafficker, born in El Paso, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1945-08-13 Howard Marks, British drug dealer and author (Mr Nice), born in Kenfig Hill, Wales (d. 2016)

Person of interestPablo Escobar

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 interestJoaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán

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

  • 1966-07-17 Nemesio Cervantes [El Mencho], Mexican drug lord, most-wanted man in Mexico, responsible for 1/3 all drugs into US, born in Aguililla, Mexico
  • 1968-11-02 Brandi Brandt, American Playboy playmate (October, 1987). convicted of drug smuggling , born in Santa Clara, California
  • 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


LoveWedding 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 interestPablo Escobar

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
  • 1996-06-26 Veronica Guerin, Irish crime journalist, murdered by drug lords at 36
  • 2005-12-02 Van Tuong Nguyen, Australian drug smuggler (hanged) (b. 1980)
  • 2008-07-25 Jamiel Chagra, American drug trafficker, dies at 63
  • 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