Report: Drug traffickers staging gladiatorlike fights with captives
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June 15th, 2011
10:41 AM ET

Report: Drug traffickers staging gladiatorlike fights with captives

Drug traffickers in Mexico have been abducting bus passengers and forcing them to fight each other like gladiators with the winners being ordered to become assassins, a drug trafficker tells the Houston Chronicle.

The fights, initiated by members of the Zetas cartel, are called "Who's going to be the next hitman?" said the trafficker, who agreed to talk to the Chronicle on condition of anonymity.

The gladiators use machetes, hammers and sticks. "They cut guys to pieces," the paper quotes the trafficker as saying.

The winners are sent by the Zetas on suicide missions to shoot up the territory of rivals, the trafficker told the Chronicle. The losers end up in mass graves.

The trafficker said he was not a witness to the fights but gang emembers told him about them.

Federal law enforcement officials told the Chronicle they did not know of any gladiator fights, but they said the trafficker's story was plausible given the escalating violence in Mexico.

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  1. Big Game James

    LIONHEART!!

    June 16, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. Big Game James

    James Earl Jones: No!
    Eric Roberts: Coach he's gonna kill 'em!
    James Earl Jones:No!
    Eric Roberts: Tommy, no!

    June 16, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. Big Game James

    Jean Claude van Dam: Tung Po! Give me Tung Po!

    June 16, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. Big Game James

    Quick what three movies did those quotes come from? I gave you the first one!

    June 16, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Lionheart, Best of the Best, Bloodsport.

      June 22, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sarah Who?

    um....... Looks like Mexico is out of my travel plans... FOR LIFE!!!!

    June 16, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. itsamemario

    @philip actually native americans ARE from here, that *proof* is merely a form of propaganda. its justification for europeans that took what was not theirs and killed women and children to get it..

    June 16, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  7. smoky joe

    Is that chick pregnant?

    June 17, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  8. Anon

    LOL, quote the biggest loser of the season!

    June 15, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Morgan

    GB who are you even replying to? I don't see any racist comments here, but I question the intelligence of anyone who quotes Lebron James

    June 15, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Hello McFly

    Do you know why Lebron decided not to go to college?

    He didn't want to show up for the Finals.

    June 15, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. send dem immigrunts back

    git a life you immigrunt lover.

    June 15, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Nomad

    Word

    June 15, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Stephen Hawking knows MORE than you

    Why can't Lebron James make change for a dollar?

    Because he doesn't have a 4th quarter.

    June 15, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. My2Sense4U

    If Lebron wanted a championship ring so bad he should have bought one from Terrelle Pryor.

    June 15, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bill

    snap

    June 22, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
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