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Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar spent seven years on Forbes list of world’s richest

August 22, 2019

In the summer of 1989, the world’s most wanted drug lord had narrowly averted assassination, challenged extradition treaties, dared the law to take him to war, and pulled in enough illicit cash to retain his spot on Forbes magazine’s coveted list of the world’s richest people. Thirty years ago, Colombia’s Pablo Escobar was the undisputed king of the cocaine cowboys. This is a look back at that wild era of the 1980s, to explore the myths and the man who will likely be the proverbial poster boy of illicit drug kings for decades to come. Escobar’s notoriety rocketed to a whole new ...

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Santo Trafficante Sr., a ‘Sicilian of the old school,’ ruled Tampa’s underworld for more than a decade

On August 12, 1954, Tampa, Florida, Mafia boss Santo Trafficante Sr. died from stomach cancer. Laid to rest in a…

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New Mob movies focus on women

Women are taking center stage in several Mob movie projects now in the news. Hitting movie theaters this summer is…

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Hank Greenspun, iconoclastic Las Vegas newsman who played both sides of the Mob, died 30 years ago

In the spring of 1952, Hank Greenspun, publisher of the Las Vegas Sun newspaper, embarked on one of his many…

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Federal judge hands El Chapo life sentence

For Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the journey through the American justice system that started with his extradition…

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Organized crime roundup: U.S. seeks $12.6 billion in El Chapo drug proceeds, Peter Gotti seeks ‘compassionate’ release, eight convicted in ‘modern slavery’ racket in Britain and more

Only days before a U.S. judge is expected to impose a long prison sentence on him for leading a major…

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‘The Cigar’ burns out in Brooklyn

When Bonanno crime family don Carmine “The Cigar” Galante declared himself the so-called “capo di tutti i capis,” or “boss…

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Sixty years ago, Nevada entered the modern era of gambling regulation

Marshall Caifano, the Chicago Outfit’s overseer of casinos in Las Vegas, went by more than a dozen fake names before…

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