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Despite the damage it causes, the world of drug trafficking arouses curiosity in most people, because when criminal leaders are captured, details of their lives also come to light that cause astonishment among the population, which is why several network content creators Social workers have visited residences and graves of drug traffickers.
Another place that exposes details of these criminals is the DEA museum, located in Arlington, Virginia, where you can find various objects such as the weapons used by two of the best-known drug traffickers in Mexico: Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and Rafael Caro Quintero.
Like everything that surrounded them when they were free, their weapons show their eccentricity and purchasing power, since luxury is not absent in them, which makes them pieces of high economic value.
The objects exhibited in the DEA museum are previously photographed and added to its online catalog, so the exhibits can also be toured virtually.
Chapo’s luxurious weapons
If something distinguished the founder and leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, it was the extravagance of his weapons. According to the newspaper Excelsior, at the time of his arrest Guzmán Loera was insured a Colt Gold Cup pistol encrusted with gold and diamonds.
One of the weapons that the DEA museum exhibits is a 9 mm caliber Beretta Parabellum, which has a silencer, everything is gold-plated, and has the word “Versace” inscribed on it, used by drug lords to show their purchasing power, even though the object in question is alien to the luxurious brand. The pistol was found in one of El Chapo’s safe houses.
Another impressive weaponry is a rifle known as the “Chinese version of the AK-47.” Is about a Mak-90 rifle that they personalized with gold plates, fretwork and the symbol of the Versace brandin addition to a charger being adapted so that it had more storage.
Bills seized from the Sinaloa Cartel in various operations, clothing and weapons are also on display. But for Chapo’s showcase to tell something of his story, they included the DEA wanted poster, as well as the prisoner’s uniform in which he was extradited to the US and illustrations of his trial.
Caro Quintero and her history with the DEA
It should be remembered that Rafael Caro Quintero is accused of being responsible for the murder of the DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarenaso the former leader of the extinct Guadalajara Cartel has a murky history with the US agency.
His armament includes a World War II commemorative 1911 Colt .45 semi-automatic pistol. “It is engraved on both sides, listing Pearl Harbor, Iwo Jima and more battle sites in the South Pacific,” the description provided by the museum can be read. Of course the capo personalized it with gold-encrusted diamonds.
Something that the DEA highlights about this weapon is that it was the one that was found in the capo at the time of his arrest, which occurred in Costa Rica months after the murder of Camarena.
More items in the collection
But the drug world is extensive, so the museum shows more things, like a figure of Santa Muerte that “it was seized in 2011 from two women who were transporting more than 700 grams of methamphetamine between Arizona and Minnesota, it was painted gold to represent economic power, success and prosperity.”
And since most of the narcos are devoted to different things, there is also a figure of jesus malverdewhich is considered “The Saint of Narcos”.
And although he was not Mexican, but a very important drug trafficker, a mask of Pablo Escobar. Although many details of it are not known, it is known that the Colombian drug trafficker posed for them to do it.
“The mask was delivered to DEA administrator Thomas Constantine by the Colombian National Police along with an Escobar death mask,” the item description reads.
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