The agency keeps a registry of all its buyers in order to prevent alleged drug traffickers from re-purchasing their own possessions in auction
Most of the exhibition is given over to illustrating the numerous tricks of the trade used in drug smuggling as well as the ostentatious trappings surrounding the world of narcotics, where pistols are inlaid with gold and rifles encrusted with emeralds.
Nowhere is that ostentation more visible than in their weapons. Here we can see the Mexican army´s exhibition of some veritable jewels (literally!) – weapons seized from the traffickers.
There´s a Colt 38 with a gold handle and encrusted with 389 cubic zirconias and 22 emeralds, which belonged to “Chapo” Guzmán,
The building of National Security in Mexico City houses a museum which is not open to the public and tells the history of today. It’s the museum of drug trafficking where jewellery, weapons, clothing, religious artefacts and other items seized from the traffickers are on display.
The mansions are also regularly seized, with frequently kitsch interior design and details, such as private zoos, that are so bling they’d make Scarface blush.
The agency is unlikely to seize animals though, usually turning them over to prosecutors. If suspects are convicted, their ostentatious hideouts are likely to be auctioned off. These auctions will take place in upmarket hotels or on eBay.