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
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  • 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 and Model Kim Kardashian
TV Personality and 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
  • 2021-06-10 Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of drug lord El Chapo, pleads guilty to helping run his criminal operations and in aiding his 2015 prison escape

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)
  • 1946-01-08 Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, Mexican drug lord (Guadalajara Cartel), born in Culiacán, Mexico

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)
  • 1954-09-22 Randy Lanier, American auto racer (IMSA Camel GT 1984; convicted drug trafficker 1988), born in Lynchburg, Virginia

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)

  • 1956-12-17 Amado Carrillo Fuentes, Mexican drug lord (Juárez Cartel), born in Guamuchilito, Mexico (d. 1997)
  • 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; annulled 1943

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
  • 1997-07-04 Amado Carrillo Fuentes, Mexican drug lord (Juárez Cartel), dies at 40
  • 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