RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Throughout Brazil, authorities are seizing significant quantities of gold and diamonds in the forms of ostentatious jewelry worn by high ranking narco-traffickers and criminals.
According to police, the kingpins wear the jewelry as a form of identification within the criminal community. It also acts as a way of safekeeping their illicit profits, which, for obvious reasons, can't be deposited in a bank.
A raid last March in Rio de Janeiro's infamous Bangu prison – home to some . . .