What You Don't Know About Mexico's Drug War

Bling, Twitter, Texas all figure in crisis
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2010 4:23 PM CDT
In this May 2, 2010 file photo, gold-plated, diamond-encrusted weapons are shown to the press after they were confiscated when the army seized a ranch in Zapopan, Mexico.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – It may feel as though Mexico's drug war can be summed up in one word: bodies. But there's a lot more to it than meets the eye—or hits the morgue. GlobalPost uncovers five things you may not know:

  1. Confiscated bling has its own museum: Cartel-fighting police end up with drug-related loot, which ends up on display at a closed-door museum. Among the "exhibits": high-tech spyware, gold-plated guns and diamond-encrusted pistols. Video tour here.

  1. Texas plays a part: Of the record number of guns confiscated and traced to the US, most hail from the Lone Star state.
  2. So does Twitter: Mexican "Twitteros" have apparently used the social network to warn each other about drunk-driving checkpoints.
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