Sunday, August 22, 2010

A Museum for the Mexican Drug Wars

The Narco-Bling Museum!

Unfortunately not yet open to the public.

The men with the golden guns: Mexican museum displays 'narco bling' weaponry confiscated from drug lords

By Mail Foreign Service

This gleaming display of weaponry reveals the increasingly extravagant lifestyles of Mexican drug barons.

The confiscated items, which include several guns and high-precision rifles lavishly decorated with gold, jewels and even religious symbols, feature in a Mexican military museum.

The private museum, which is located in the country’s Ministry of Defence, opened in 1985 and is used by the military to educate soldiers to the lifestyles and culture of drug cartels.

Open only to military officials and officer cadets in drug enforcement, the Museo de los Enervantes also serves to chronicle Mexico’s war on drugs.

When it first opened, the museum featured a single room of confiscated cocaine and heroin.

Since then, it has expanded to ten rooms in order to hold an increasingly vulgar array of ill-gotten gains reflecting the curious 'narco bling' fascination among gangsters.

Among the items is a diamond encrusted mobile phone and a solid gold medal bearing the crest of one of the drug gangs.

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