Monday, October 20, 2008


Mexican authorities have arrested more than a dozen members of an alleged drug-trafficking ring, seizing weapons, vehicles - and a private zoo

Eleven Colombians, a US citizen, two Mexicans and an Uruguayan were detained during a raid in a sprawling house in Desierto de los Leones

The property, whose walls, ceilings and furniture are made almost entirely of ornately carved wood, appeared to have been used by the traffickers for parties on nights and weekends, authorities said

The house was equipped with a private zoo housing a collection of animals including two panthers...

...and an albino tiger

"This is important, because it breaks a logistic link in the chain that supplies Mexican cartels with cocaine," prosecutor Marisela Morales said

Police in Mexico find private zoo as drug cartel's party house

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