A luxury villa owned by a Mexican drug lord has sold for more than $3 million at auction, with that money set to assist in the fight against COVID-19.
The mansion, which was owned by Amado Carrillo Fuente, was sold by the Mexican government.
Fuentes died in 1997 after a plastic surgery operation to change his appearance to avoid capture by authorities went wrong.
He was nicknamed ‘Lord of the Skies’ because of his ability to successfully traffick drugs in large quantities using his fleet of private planes throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
The Mexican government is using the funds generated from the auction to help aide the nation’s public health service during the coronavirus pandemic.
The auction also included items that had been confiscated by police, such as cars, planes jewellery and homes, and used the slogan “Buy goods to do good”, encouraging wealthy buyers to help the government use the proceeds of criminal activity for the betterment of its people.
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