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Gaudy: A gold-plated Colt Super 38 Automatic handgun was recovered by security services in the desperate battle against Mexican drug cartels.

In a country as lawless as Mexico, it seems fitting that top crime lords want to show off their ill-gotten wealth.
So what better way than getting their hands on a gold-plated assault rifle, together with some diamond-encrusted handguns?

These were the gaudy weapons found by security services during a raid on a farm near Guadalajara, central Mexico.

The haul also included a patterned gold-plated silencer for the rifle, an AK47.

Officers showed off drugs and stolen police equipment recovered during the raid as they battle to turn the tide against drug cartels which have plunged the country into chaos.

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Showing off: A gold-plated AK47 automatic rifle and a gold-plated silencer were among the haul of weaponry displayed by police in Guadalajara, Mexico.

More than 28,000 people – many of them completely innocent – have died in the past four years as rival gangs struggle to control the lucrative cocaine trade.

President Felipe Calderon declared a war on drugs in 2006 but has come in for severe criticism over the appalling numbers of killings which have include mass murders and the shooting of babies.

This week has seen a rash of decapitations and other gruesome killings in the border city of Tijuana since the President visited it last week, declaring it a success in his war.

Three headless bodies were found hanging from their feet, while a human head was found in a bag in an unconnected case.

Source: James White for Daily Mail.

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