The World’s First Female Drug Lord
Enedina Arellano Félix is the head and “financial brains” of the criminal organization known as the Tijuana Cartel. She is also known as “La Jefa,” “La Madrina,” and “La Narcomami.” Enedina’s six brothers were in charge in the 1990s, but she became kingpin following the fall of the cartel’s financial mastermind and her brother Eduardo Arellano’s arrest. Now, most of Enedina’s brothers are either dead or in jail. She is considered the world’s first female drug lord, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and was involved in one of the most horrible drug trafficking wars in the United States. Felix’s contacts with drug suppliers in Colombia, business alliances, and financial knowledge has allowed the cartel to thrive.
The Boss Lady
Thelma Wright, also known as “Boss Lady” and “Queen Pen,” became involved in Philadelphia’s heroin and cocaine trade in the 1980s. Thelma met Jackie Wright, a heroin supplier tied to the Black Mafia, and married him after a whirlwind romance. They had a son in 1982. The Black Mafia was renowned for murdering police, and in 1986 Jackie was shot to death. Thelma took over her husband’s business while raising their son. She became the number-one source of heroin and cocaine in the city and even trafficked drugs across the country. At one point, Thelma was earning $400,000 a month.
No Longer A Drug Lord
In 1991, Thelma narrowly escaped death during a shootout at a Philadelphia nightclub. In the same year, an associate was arrested while attempting to transport drugs through the United States Postal Service. At this point, Thelma decided to change her life. She feared she would end up arrested or dead. She went underground for about 10 years and then published a memoir titled With Eyes From Both Sides—Living My Life In and Out of the Game. Thelma then became a motivational speaker and today urges others to stay away from the drug business. She warns that it will only end in death or prison.Please Scroll Below for NEXT Page to continue