Adam Thomson in Mexico City reports for the Financial Times:
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When it first opened in 1986, the Drugs Museum at the Defence Ministry in Mexico City was a humble, one-room affair with few exhibits and even fewer visitors. Today, it is running out of space.
Three years after President Felipe Calderón declared an all-out war against Mexico’s drugs cartels and hundreds of seizures later, every inch of the museum’s walls are covered with photographs and memorabilia of drugs busts, and its display cabinets are bursting with narco-bling.
“We have run out of space,” admits Captain Claudio Montane, the museum’s curator. “The collection continues to grow but there is no more room to show it.”
A flurry of glitzy seizures this year has added even more pressure to the already-cramped exhibition. Take the 12 pistols that entered the collection last month and once belonged to Héctor Manuel Sauceda Gamboa, a trafficker who died in February in a hail of bullets during a shoot-out with police and military.