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| 11/26/2008 12:00:00 AM

Colombian drug lord's ranch becomes dinosaur park - but trade is far from extinct

Nov 25 --Hacienda Napoles was once the playground of the world's most notorious druglord, a bacchanalian expression of criminal wealth and power, but today it stands as a monument to his extinction.

Pablo Escobar used this 1,500 hectare (3,700 acre) ranch in central Colombia in the 1980s to host wild parties and strike business deals, as well as to house his collection of exotic animals - and fake, life-size dinosaurs.

Colombian authorities hunted down and killed the billionaire narco-trafficker in 1993 and now the hacienda embodies his downfall. The mansion is gutted, the swimming pools are empty and the site has been turned into a heritage park and zoo. Tourists flock here to gawk at the ruins of one man's hubris.

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