When we think of gun-toting gangsters and criminal overlords, we tend to picture men wearing fedoras and wielding Tommy guns or hoarding their riches in luxury mansions. However, history has shown us time and again that women can be more than a match for men in the world of organized crime. Here we profile 20 of the most notorious female gangsters of all time.
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20. Sandra Ávila Beltrán
Known as “La Reina del Pacifico,” or “The Queen of the Pacific,” Mexican drug cartel boss Sandra Ávila Beltrán was arrested in 2007. Many believe that this dark-haired beauty’s success in the world of crime can at least partly be attributed to her powers of seduction when it came to dealing with drug traffickers and law enforcement officers alike.