'Cartel Queen' Gets Botox in Mexican Prison

Trying to look her best in cocaine smuggling biz
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2011 2:59 AM CST
'Cartel Queen' Gets Botox in Mexican Prison
Sandra Avila Beltran, dubbed the Queen of the Pacific, smiles after she was arrested by federal agents outside a restaurant in southern Mexico City in 2007.   (AP Photo/PGR, File)

(Newser) – Mexican authorities have launched an investigation into a beauty treatment received by a suspected drug cartel queen while cooling her heels in prison. Sandra Avila Beltran—facing charges of cocaine trafficking to the US, money laundering and conspiracy—was given a Botox injection by a doctor last month in an arrangement apparently aided by prison employees, reports CNN.

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Doctor request forms were falsified in the Mexico City prison, claiming that Avila, 50, known as the "Queen of the Pacific" in drug crime circles, needed an electro-cardiagram, but got Botox injections instead, according to officials. "The investigation will focus on the possibility that a public servant committed a crime, according to the complaint made by prison authorities," said Mexico City's district attorney. (Read more crime stories.)

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