The lifestyle’s of the crime world’s elite have been mythologized in movies and television for decades. This time, though, Hollywood may have sold them short! Check out this amazing pictures of a few of the things found after a recent raid of a Mexican drug lord’s home:
A matching pair of these gold-handled pistols.
And in case the first wasn’t enough, these solid gold .357 magnums, too!
A whole collection of guns, actually. With museum display cases.
The steps leading up to the house, fully financed with money from the drug trade.
A man-made cave, modeled after Playboy’s grotto.
Oh, and the cats… So many cats!
Eight lions, in total, were on the property.
This exceptionally rare white tiger.
A modest backyard pool, for throwing drug-binging parties.
A whole collection of exotic art, mostly stolen (and illegal to own).
Even more guns!
Just a small pile of 22 billion dollars!
That same pile, from another angle.
More guns. Guns everywhere, actually, in every nook and cranny of the house.
So much money, they didn’t even have room for all of it.
All said and done, over 18 million dollars in hundreds, jammed into every corner of the house.
Even a closet full of Chinese yuan!
And a whole collection of gold machine guns and ammo, never fired, saved as art pieces instead.
Most of the drugs in the house were destroyed in a fire by the Marines.
These images show a brief glimpse into a staggering reality: These drug lords have enough money to buy anything. Politicians, judges, and cops are included in this, showing that truly, money is power. With an estimated 27 more homes like this across Mexico, this helps to explain why the drug war has been so long and arduous: With the right amount of money, these men can do just about anything they want.
Check out the article that inspired this one here