When most people hear “drug lord” they usually associate it with ruthless men who will do whatever it takes to get their money for their drugs. However, these four women were top drug lords and ran their operation just as good as, if not better than, drug lords who were men. Fortunately, these women got a second chance to change their lives around.
1. Jemeker Thomas
Jemeker Thomas didn’t have much growing up. Her family was even evicted from their home while she was still a young girl. She promised herself that she would never know the life of being poor in her adulthood. She became involved with Anthony Mosley, an older man who took her under his wing. Together, they began running a drug trafficking ring.
The two were unstoppable when it came to turning profits with cocaine. However, soon came crack, which was incredibly profitable for drug lords during that time. Thomas and Mosley switched to trafficking crack. They became the biggest name in the drug game, as they dominated the Los Angeles scene. After Mosley was shot by one of their enemies, Thomas continued the operation.
Lonely and broken hearted after Mosley’s death, she fell for a man who went by the name Cheese. The two continued selling crack until Cheese was arrested and ratted Thomas out. Thomas went on the run. She stayed in hiding for five years until she made the decision to show up for her son’s sixth-grade graduation. She was arrested and imprisoned for 15 years in a maximum security prison. After prison, she started her own ministry.
2. Thelma Wright
Wright was a normal young girl until she met her husband who had ties to the Black Mafia, a feared Philadelphia street game infamous for killing police. He also had enemies in extremely high places. In 1986, Wright’s husband was found dead, rolled up into a carpet with a bullet hole in his head.
Wright continued in the drug game for years. She transported drugs cross country, sometimes earning over $400,000 a month. She earned the name “Queen Pen” and “Boss Lady.” Eventually, Wright found herself in a deadly shootout in a Philadelphia nightclub, and one of the members of her major clientele was arrested trying to transport cocaine.
After the incident, Wright began to have a change of heart about her business. She kept a low profile for more than a decade before publishing her life story, “With Eyes From Both Sides—Living My Life In and Out of the Game.”
3. Stephanie S. Clair
Stephanie St. Clair was a French-African woman known to many as “Queenie.” She immigrated to Harlem in 1912. In 1922, she opened her own numbers bank with $10,000. As her business was dangerous, she brought in the Forty Thieves, an infamous street gang, for protection. Everyone feared these men, and not even mobsters of New York wanted to go up against them.
St. Clair had as many as 50 people working for her, including famous Harlem gangster Bumpy Johnson. St. Clair was eventually put out of business by the Schultz and the Italian mafia.
4. Charmaine Roman
Charmaine Roman was a well-known drug lord and the ringleader of a marijuana trafficking organization that transported tons of cannabis into the central Florida area. She ran a violent, dangerous, yet successful organization. She quickly grossed millions of dollars from the booming pot economy.
Records revealed by the Wynn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas show that Roman deposited millions of dollars there from 2010 to 2012. She had been using to the casino to launder her organization’s money. Although law enforcement had been hot on her trail, this threw them off for a while. When she was finally caught, she was attempting to deliver 180 kilograms of marijuana in an Orlando parking lot.