Brazilian drug lord Jarvis Chimenes Pavao saw the light at the end of the tunnel. His sentence at Tacumbu prison in Paraguay for money laundering was set to end at the end of the year. However, the authorities found that Pavao was living the life of luxury while locked up, in an upscale suite in the prison, equipped with “conference room, plasma screen television, library and kitchen,” according to the BBC.
Prisoners at Tacumbu told Agence France-Presse that anyone wanting to stay in the luxury unit had to pay Pavao a one-off fee of $5,000 (£3,778) and a weekly rent of $600.
“He was the most loved man in this prison,” one inmate, Antonio Gonzalez, told AFP.
The cell also had air conditioning, comfortable furniture, an en-suite bathroom and a DVD collection.
Among the DVDs were a TV serialisation of the life of Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar.
Naturally, Escobar, who had his own luxury prison constructed during his reign, was an influence.
Furthermore, prison officials learned that Pavao had plans to blow a hole in the wall of the prison to escape. Now, officials are scrambling to find out who enabled the drug lord to live so comfortably. The luxury unit has since been destroyed and Pavao has been transferred to a special unit, near the capital Asuncion, where awaits probable extradition back to Brazil.
View pictures of the luxury unit below: