MEXICO Life in the Posh Lane

MEXICO Life in the Posh Lane

For most inmates, prison is a spartan experience. But not for Mexican drug baron Oliverio Chavez Araujo, 33, who has been linked to Colombia's Medellin drug cartel and has been incarcerated since 1986 at the state prison in Matamoros. After members of a rival drug gang shot Chavez in the jaw and nearly blinded him three weeks ago, his bodyguards staged a violent takeover of the prison; 18 people died. Once in control of the complex, Chavez continued to make drug deals from his cell, which was outfitted with cellular phones and a fax machine. Though state police ringed the prison,...

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