Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Fascinating events-Mexico's museum of drugs

Mexico’s Museum of Drugs

Mexico’s Museum of Drugs opened its doors in 1985. It was a small room with a couple of display cases in it. Since then the situation had changed: Now museum is situated in Mexico’s version of the Pentagon. A lot of spacious rooms, but its curators say they are running out of room for all the contraband they would like to showcase.

Samples of various drugs, including methamphetamine, cocaibe and marijuana in various forms are labeled in a glass case.

fascinating-eventsArrows on a lighted 3D-map show the directions of drug trafficking from the south toward the United States.
fascinating-eventsMuseum’s curator Army Capt. Claudio Montane shows a large mural depicting the war on drugs at the entrance to the Museum of Drugs in Mexico City.

fascinating-eventsA display at the museum shows how marijuana is smuggled inside a surf board.

fascinating-eventsZayaqui, a narcotics-detecting German Shepherd who died in 2008, is memorialized at the museum. He was responsible for the seizure of more than 8,000 pounds of marijuana and other drug findings.
fascinating-eventsThe displays examples of how drugs are smuggled in food and soda cans. The museum is open to Mexican officials, visiting diplomats, graduating army cadets and occasionally journalists, but not the greater public.

fascinating-eventsAn exhibit features weapons seized from cartel members. One 9mm browning pistol has the diamond-encrusted initials of LMJ.

fascinating-eventsA diorama shows how police and military road blocks can help catch drug smugglers. In the past three years, Mexican forces have confiscated 443 airplanes, 14,622 vehicles and 43,118 weapons, including bazookas and grenade launchers. They have seized $113,990,520 in cash, Claudio Montane said.
fascinating-eventsDrugs are shown hidden in the picture frame of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Nine of these religious frames were found during a revision of a passenger bus in Sonora, Mexico. A total of 110 pounds of marijuana was seized.
fascinating-eventsA section of the museum teaches about the connection between certain religions and drug trafficking. A bust of Jesus Malverde is enshrined in one exhibit. Malverde, a highwayman who legend has it was killed by authorities in 1909, is revered as a patron saint of traffickers and a Robin Hood for the poor.
fascinating-eventsAn elaborately etched automatic weapon hangs on the wall at the museum. From 1976 to 2009, 636 Mexican forces have died in battles with the cartel — 133 of them in the past three years.
fascinating-eventsA life-size diorama of a grower in the countryside guarding his crop is featured in the museum. With the flip of a switch a cassette player begins a narco-corrida, the popular ballads honoring the drug outlaws.
fascinating-eventsA machine used to dry marijuana indoors was found during a drug bust and brought to the museum.
fascinating-eventsSamples of various drugs, including cocaine, are labeled in a glass case. “The message we would like to convey,” said Claudio Montane, “is that taking drugs is not for fun, and that these drugs costs lives in Mexico. We want people to know how hard we work in Mexico to combat this.”
fascinating-eventsIn a room aimed at teaching about narco-culture, a mannequin has a pocket full of money and a big marijuana belt buckle.

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