Amado Carrillo Fuentes, Khun Sa and Raymond Chow are three of the most colorful gangsters of recent times. Carrillo Fuentes, arguably Mexicos biggest drug trafficker, was known as Lord of the Skies, and he pioneered the use of jumbo jets for the mass distribution of illicit drugs into the U.S. Khun Sa was a Burmese War lord and perhaps historys biggest heroin dealer who operated out of Southeast Asia. Raymond Chow, known as the Shrimp Man, is a Chinese gangster that dominated crime in the Chinatown of San Francisco. All three kingpins have impacted crime on an international level. We have all read the news headlines now read the real story of the war of the cartels. Only Ron Chepesiuk could write this book and get the real story. With his experience, meticulous research and ability to talk to those in the know Ron has written a great and thorough investigative book that gives up the inside info on the war for supremacy in the cocaine trade. This is an entertaining and informative read that must be on your shelf if you enjoy true crime tales. Seth Ferranti, author of Gorilla Convict and Rayful Edmond
When his name surfaces on a list of the most notorious kingpins of all times, will Ethan's past land him in a jail cell or a casket? Can he escape the fate of so many kingpins before him? Type Kingpins of Memphis in any search engine and you’ll see images of Craig Pettis and his alleged crew, and that’s how Ethan Wade Carruthers prayed it remained. Though he had never met the youthful-faced man covered in diamonds, he knew the information he found wasn’t completely accurate, because he should have discovered his own face and crew. Not that he expected to pull up any results under the name Ethan Wade Carruthers besides an old missing person’s report on a 16-year-old boy from the south side of Chicago. Why would he, when Ethan didn’t have a life, nor a past, worth reading or writing about? His intellect had him rejected from the deadly Chicago gang life before he could decide if he wanted to be accepted or not, and with both parents in love with their addiction to freebasing cocaine, he found it easier to pack up and leave. It took many years and miles to impregnate his mind with thoughts of survival. With self-preservation growing inside of him, he birthed the deadliest Kingpin to walk the width of the United States. He named him Joe and released him onto the streets of Memphis. With everyone’s eyes stuck on what they can see, Joe made moves that could only be traced back to a ghost whose origin, location, and moves were no more than urban legend. With his name gracing the list of the most notorious Kingpins of all times, will Ethan’s rebirth lead him to a fate in a jail cell or a casket, as it had many before him? Or will Joe be the mastermind to construct an exit plan so well thought out that it will give him a way out as quietly as he arrived? Trust, he’s not your “average Joe.”
New York Times bestselling author Carl Weber has brought together eight of the best Urban Street writers to participate in the most highly anticipated series of 2015, the Kingpin series. Every city has an underworld leader. In the Kingpin series, we will visit eight cities and ride along with that city's kingpin as he rules the streets. The story starts out in Miami with Nikki Turner, and will end with a compilation of all kingpins, written by New York Times bestselling author Carl Weber.
Young Adult Nonfiction by The New York Times Editorial Staff
The legacies of drug kingpins are both egregious and legendary. Through vast networks of mercenaries, corrupt officials, terrorists, and smugglers, organized drug cartels traffic billions of dollars in heroin, cocaine, MDMA, and methamphetamine across international borders. El Chapo, Pablo Escobar, Frank Lucas, Paul Le Roux, and other kingpins have left indelible marks on the communities they used for drug trafficking, and their far-reaching impact can take years to undo by even the most vigilant law enforcement efforts. This collection details the breadth of their crimes, and includes media literacy questions and terms that challenge readers to assess how journalistic principles are applied to news coverage of kingpins and narcotrafficking.
New York Times bestselling author Carl Weber has brought together the best Urban street writers to participate in the Kingpin series where every city has an underworld leader... Type Kingpins of Memphis in any search engine and you'll see images of Craig Pettis and his alleged crew, and that's how Ethan Wade Carruthers prayed it remained. Though he had never met the youthful-faced man covered in diamonds, he knew the information he found wasn't completely accurate, because he should have discovered his own face and crew. Not that he expected to pull up any results under the name Ethan Wade Carruthers besides an old missing person's report on a 16-year-old boy from the south side of Chicago. Why would he, when Ethan didn't have a life, nor a past, worth reading or writing about? His intellect had him rejected from the deadly Chicago gang life before he could decide if he wanted to be accepted, and with both parents in love with their addiction to freebasing cocaine, he found it easier to pack up and leave. It took many years and miles to impregnate his mind with thoughts of survival. With self-preservation growing inside of him, he birthed the deadliest Kingpin to walk the width of the United States. He named him Joe and released him onto the streets of Memphis. With everyone's eyes stuck on what they could see, Joe made moves that could only be traced back to a ghost whose origin, location, and moves were no more than urban legend. With his name gracing the list of the most notorious Kingpins of all time, will Ethan's rebirth lead him to a fate in a jail cell or a casket like many before him? Or will Joe be the mastermind to construct an exit plan so well thought out that it will give him a way out as quietly as he arrived? Trust, he's not your "average Joe."
This book explores the disturbing dimensions of the problem of insecurity in Nigeria, such as herdsmen violence, the Boko Haram insurgency, cybercrime, militancy in the Niger Delta, communal conflict and violence, as well as police corruption. It offers a comprehensive discussion of the theoretical foundations of internal security, the threats to internal security, the role of formal and informal agencies in internal security management and the challenges of internal security management.
HEINOUS and the last two surviving members of his family are trapped in the proverbial valley of death. With all odds stacked against him, he must do the unthinkable in order to survive an ambush aimed to totally annihilate him. Will the losses he suffer bring him to his knees? Or will they turn a savage into a rabid beast? Now that the notorious KINGPIN KILLA is in the gun sights of Chicago's most powerful and ruthless kingpins, every move he makes must be done with caution and precision. One false step and Heinous' life is over. Meanwhile, a crooked cop is out to bring Heinous down by going after YANI, the love of his life. When a man is forced into a compromising position, and he must choose street principles or matters of the heart, which way will he turn? Will he stand on honor, even at the risk of sacrificing his woman? Or will he show a weakness that was unforeseen?
In 1995, after receiving a tip from an informant that a new drug called Ecstasy was being pushed in Manhattan’s nightclubs, DEA agent Robert Gagne embarked on a mission to unravel one of the world’s most lucrative drug-trafficking networks. Chemical Cowboys tracks Gagne as he infiltrates New York’s club scene, uncovering a multimillion-dollar criminal empire that spans continents. At its helm is Oded “Fat Man” Tuito, an Israeli fugitive and elusive drug kingpin who combines Wall Street business savvy with old-fashioned street smarts and a taste for violence. A taut behind-the-scenes glimpse into an international criminal enterprise, Chemical Cowboys is a riveting tale of one man’s obsessive pursuit of justice—and the personal cost of that obsession.
Drug control by United States. Congress. House. Committee on Foreign Affairs. Subcommittee on International Security, International Organizations, and Human Rights
Fourteen-year-old Mike Clark spends his nights peering out at the chaos beneath hisbedroom window in one of Atlantic City's most notorious housing projects. When a chanceencounter with the neighborhood kingpin, Safi, presents an opportunity to do more than justwatch, Mike jumps on it. Safi takes Mike and his three friends—Qua, KC, and Spank—under the wing and it isn't long before the boys are rolling in the money. Things only get better for Mike when he finds love in Safi's beautiful but sheltered younger sister, Bree. Everything seems to go just as Mike wants until a rival dealer launches a murderous attack that leaves Mike, Bree, and Qua alone and running for their lives. They flee to Bree's cousin in the Bronx and Mike discovers that there was much more to Safi's taking an interest in him than he could have ever imagined. The news makes Mike even more determined to seek revenge. The question is can he extact revenge and get what's left of his family out of the drug game without getting arrested or killed in the process.
The saying goes you shouldn't bite the hand that feeds you, but maybe you should if that same hand prevents you from feeding yourself. Every territory has a king, and Metro Atlanta is no exception. Gang lords Blanket and Guerilla have been growing their numbers, never beefing until Guerilla decides to expand, thanks to the help of his enemy’s own rook. Caught in the middle of this battle from different sides of the track are London and Saint. Spoiled rich Roanoke girl London Royal is no exception to the old saying that every girl loves a bad boy and his ways. When she visits the downtrodden Jonesboro neighborhood of Goodman with her best friends, her privileged world changes drastically with one party and later, a tow-truck pickup by bad boy Santana Black. Santana "Saint" Black is anything but a saint. Caught up in the drug game, Saint is a runner and enforcer for Blanket—not to mention he’s from the wrong side of the tracks to have his sights set on London. Can they find love in the middle of a kingpin war, or will both fall to the game of the streets?
Life is perfect for Donna and Kim Boon when they move in with their Aunt, until her murder unearths a secret that will alter everything they've ever known. Donna and Kim Boon moved to Houston, Texas with their aunt Lisa when they were orphaned at ten years old. Lisa raised the girls as her own, showering them with everything a young woman could want. The girls have grown up into beautiful and privileged Houstonites and are two of the most eligible bachelorettes in the city, with more suitors than they know how to handle. Life seems perfect, but when Aunt Lisa is gunned down in cold blood, the girls discover a family secret that will change their lives forever.
Kalif is everything his adoptive family wanted him not to be: treacherous, conniving, and coldhearted. As much as he wishes to please them, he can’t deny who and what he is destined to be. The hot-tempered young man is indeed his father’s son. While off his meds, Kalif discovers the circumstances surrounding the brutal murder of his birth parents. In a matter of seconds, he totally snaps, ignoring the possible consequences. His rage and thirst for power increases. Deep off into the zone, Kalif develops zero tolerance for nonsense. Quickly, he rises through the ranks of the Motor City crime underworld, proving to everyone, including himself, he deserved the hard-earned title of kingpin of Detroit.
Join in as C. N. Phillips paints a kingpin story the way it has never been done before. To some it will be a beautiful mural; to others it will be a brutal massacre. Ever since he was a child, the only thing Cyril Anderson wanted was to be down with his brother Cane's crew. Cane Anderson, leader of the notorious Bankroll Crips, was invincible--or so Cyril thought. On the night of Cyril's initiation, things take a terrible turn and leave Cane lying dead in a pool of his own blood. Now the leader of a blood-thirsty gang, there is only one thing that Cyril wants to do: seek revenge. When he learns that the man behind Cane's death is none other than Arnell "Dubb" Lewis, the current kingpin of Los Angeles, it is up to Cyril to figure out why. He begins a bloody journey to redemption with a heart as black as the night sky and a team of loyal hitters behind him.
The untimely death of St. Louis Kingpin, King David, has left a vacuum in the underworld. He leaves behind his vast empire to his surviving heirs, David Jr. and Davita. Born barely one year apart, they were raised in very different worlds. David Jr. is college educated. His mother always pushed him to do the best he could so he could one day legitimize and run the East St. Louis crime family. She thinks she’s above and beyond the game. All she wants is the money that she believes she and her son are due. Davita, born to and of the streets, was also raised by a money-loving momma, but her mother taught her a different set of rules. Davita has been raised to use anybody and everything to get that money by any means necessary. She has embraced the business of the streets, and she is ready to ascend to the throne that her father has unexpectedly left behind. The question remains: will the family ties that bind keep the families together, or will sex, greed, drugs, and their mothers’ divisive ways tear it all to hell, bringing St. Louis down with them? David Jr. and Davita have decisions to make!
Carl Weber presents the second installment of an eight book series, Kingpin. Carl Weber brings the best of Urban street lit authors together, each telling their own dramatic tale of life in the streets in known cities across the USA. The second installment continues with Treasure Hernandez telling the tale of the Dirty South.