She might have just been living up to her nickname, but Sandra Avila Beltran's beauty regimen has cost two Santa Martha Actitla Prison officials their jobs.
Dubbed "Queen of the Pacific," Beltran allegedly received Botox injections from a plastic surgeon, who had been allowed to enter the prison and administer the treatments to the high-profile inmate, who has been jailed since 2007 and is said to have been a key link between Mexico's Sinaloa cartel and the Colombian suppliers of cocaine. Beltran was also reportedly awaiting a liposuction procedure.
Though the prison's director and hospital chief have already been sacked, Mexican officials are now continuing to investigate how the surgeon had been allowed to enter and exit the facility, located on the outskirts of Mexico City. "The doctor was admitted by the person in charge of the medical area, violating all procedures. The aim was to carry out a therapeutic treatment that is not authorized for inmates," the BBC quotes a prison authority as saying in a statement.
According to the Guardian, the 50-year-old Beltran is believed to have enjoyed other special privileges since being put behind bars, which include being allowed to wear high heels and stylish sunglasses. And Mexico's drug queenpin, who is also facing possible extradition to the U.S. on additional drug-related charges, has done little to downplay her reputation as a prima donna. "People can think what they like about me," she once sniffed during an inverview with veteran investigative journalist Julio Scherer.