10. Sandra Ávila Beltrán
Sandra Ávila Beltrán, born 11 October 1960, gained herself the nickname “The Queen of the Pacific” when she became the leader of a Mexican drug cartel. She was married twice, both her husbands were ex-police turned drug traffickers and were eventually killed by hired hitmen. Beltrán was very clever at leaving no evidence or arousing police suspicions; this was until 2002 when her son was kidnapped, and there was a $5 million ransom for his safe return. After her son had been returned to her, police launched an investigation.
In 2007, she was charged with organized crime and drug trafficking offenses. Although some of the charges were dropped throughout the trial, she was still charged with possession of illegal weapons and money laundering. During interrogation, she described herself as a housewife who makes her money by selling clothes on the side, but her story was not bought by officials. She remains behind bars today.