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Notorious Kingpins - Volume 1
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Amado Carrillo Fuentes, Raymond Chow,  Khun Sa
Amado   Carrillo   Fuentes ,   arguably   Mexico’s   biggest   drug   trafficker,   was   known   as   El   Señor   de   Los Cielos    (Lord   of   the   Skies)   and   he   pioneered   the   use   of   jumbo   jets   for   the   mass   distribution   of   illicit drugs   into   the   U.S.   He   seized   control   of   the   Juárez   Cartel   after   assassinating   his   boss   Rafael Aguilar   Guajardo.   He   died   in   July   1997   in   a   Mexican   hospital   after   undergoing   extensive   plastic surgery   to   change   his   appearance.   In   his   final   days   Carrillo   was   being   tracked   by   Mexican   and   U.S. authorities.   He   is   regarded   as   one   of   the   wealthiest   criminals   in   history,   with   an   estimated   net-worth of U.S. $25 billion. Raymond   Chow   Kwok-cheung    known   as   the   Shrimp   Man ,   is   a   Chinese   gangster   that   dominated crime   in   the   Chinatown   of   San   Francisco.      Chow's   first   conviction   was   in   1978,   for   robbery   in   China - town,    San    Francisco.    Chow    received    an    11-year    sentence,of    which    he    served    7    years    and    4 months.   He   was   released   in   1985.   In   1986,   Chow   was   charged   with   28   counts   of   assault   with   a deadly   weapon,   attempted   murder,   mayhem,   and   illegal   possession   of   a   firearm.   He   served   three years   in   prison   and   was   released   in   1989.   In   1992   Chow   was   arrested   for   racketeering,   later   sepa - rated   into   two   separate   trials.   The   first   was   for   illegal   gun   sales   and   the   second   was   for   prostitution, drugs   and   money   laundering.   Convicted   in   1995,   Chow   was   sentenced   to   24   years.   When   Peter Chong    was   captured,   Chow   became   an   informant,   turned   informer   on   his   old   boss,   testifying   against him   in   exchange   for   a   reduced   sentence.   He   was   released   from   prison   in   2003.   In   1996,   Chow   was tried again for racketeering, but the indictment was dismissed. Khun   Sa       also   known   as   Chang   Chi-fu    was   a   Burmese   War   Lord   and   perhaps   history’s   biggest heroin   dealer   who   operated   out   of   Southeast   Asia.      He   was   a   Shan    warlord,   born   in   Hpa   Hpeung village,   Burma.   He   was   also   dubbed   the   "Opium   King"   due   to   his   opium   trading   in   the   Golden   Trian - gle.   As   a   War   Lord   he   commanded   the   Shan   United   Army    and   the   Mong   Tai   Army .   He   made   offers to   the Australian   and   U.S.   DEA   for   them   to   buy   his   entire   heroin   crop   but   both   governments   refused. He   was   indicted   by   the   U.S.   authorities   but   the   Burmese   officials   refused   to   extradite   him,   and   he lived the rest of his life in the Rangoon area living of his significant investments. All three kingpins have impacted crime on an international level.
A   native   of   Thunder   Bay,   Canada,   and   based   in   Rock   Hill,   South   Carolina,   Ron   Chepesiuk   is   an   optioned   screen - writer,   award-winning   author,   documentary   producer   and   director,   publisher   ( ),   and radio   host   ( ).      He   has   published   thirty-five   books   and   more   than   4,000   articles that have appeared in 350 plus magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times  and USA Today . He   is   a   two-time   Fulbright   Scholar   to   Bangladesh   and   Indonesia,   a   consultant   to   the   History   Channel’s   Gangland TV   series   and   a   former   instructor   in   UCLA's   Extension   Journalism   program.   Three   of   his   books   have   been optioned   for   movies.   His   documentary   on   the   Frank   Matthews   story   has   been   licensed   for   viewing   by   the   Discov - ery   Channel .      Ron’s   scripts   have   placed    in   the   finals   of   the   Philadelphia   International   Film   Festival,   the   Charleston International Film Festival and the Harlem International Film Festival. He   has   appeared   as   an   expert   interviewee   on   several   crime   shows   airing   on   History,   Biography,   Discovery,   ID, Starz and other cable channels.  
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January 2017 Release