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Luxurious lockup raided in Brazil

June 04, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

With a plasma TV, a DVD player, $172,000 in cash, gym equipment, two refrigerators and a couple of guns, Genilson Lino da Silva had everything he needed for a luxurious life -- in his Brazilian prison cell.

It came to an end Monday when his cell, which also contained a king-size bed, was raided in a police operation against drug traffickers in the northern city of Salvador.

The convicted drug trafficker had a single room; other cells contained several prisoners, a spokesman for Bahia state authorities said. A prosecutor said authorities would investigate whether prison officials were complicit.

Da Silva was reported as saying that the money in his cell was from old robberies and gambling in prison.

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