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17 of the Biggest Drug Busts in US History Are Worth Billions
QUITO, ECUADOR: Marijuana packages are displayed by Bolivian police 28 November 2000 in Quito confiscated during Operation Galaxy. Un policia antinarcotico vigila paquetes de marihuana que fueron incautados en una accion denominada "Operativo Galaxia" donde se desarticulo una poderosa banda internacional de narcotraficantes, en Quito 28 de Noviembre de 2000. La policia incauto aproximadamente 5.450 Kg de marihuana que transitaba en un camion en la ciudad de Quito, la cual tenia como destino final el puerto de Liverpool en Inglaterra. AFP PHOTO/MARTIN BERNETTI (Photo credit should read MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images)

17 of the Biggest Drug Busts in US History Are Worth Billions

From Wall Street to the underworld, if there’s one thing we’ve learned it’s that crime pays and pays big. Drug trafficking is probably the most lucrative illegal money maker, which the richest drug dealers of all time can attest to. Kingpins can make billions when their drugs hit the street, but the authorities do their best to prevent that from happening. The biggest drug busts in US history seized billions of dollars worth of narcotics.

This isn’t a comprehensive list of the biggest drug busts, but it gives you an idea of how much money is at stake.