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. FreddyM

    THE SOURCE OF THIS STOry is the "medium" who led the cops to the house outside of Houston, with the "purported"30 dead kids.I would,however,pay if they put such a thing on "Pay for View"!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 15, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • kc

      Wow, are you retarded?

      June 15, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Louis

    So I suppose that now the US should legalize gladiator fights and all this violence in Mexico will stop......

    June 15, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Secret

      Nope, but legalizing drugs would certainly decrease the violence.

      June 15, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jobu

      Drug lords dont get their power from gladiator fights...they get their power from money. And the reason they make so much money is because they can sell a plant that grows everywhere for millions of dollars. If it were legal, the plant would be worthless, and they'd have no money and thus no power. Simple enough for your small mind?

      June 15, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • lance corporal

      snark never works especially when written by an idiot

      June 15, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brigadeer general

      Not so smart, are ya Louis?

      June 15, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Barry

    This just confirms how depraved these drug traffickers are.

    The world should declare all-out war on the drug cartels and traffickers and anyone who aids and abets them, regardless of their political or economic stature, their political connections or their nationality.

    They are parasites, destroying lives and feeding upon the misery of others.

    June 15, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • lance corporal

      because war is the solution? and how? try thinking this all the way thru.... a famous general once said " war doesn't solve anything rather it decides who's solution will be put in place to attempt to resolve the problem that caused the war"

      June 15, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shotzbot

      We have been in an all out war with the drug cartels for over 70 years. Guess what they are winning.
      We can not even keep drugs out of our prisons. How in the world with trillions of tax dollars spent do you think we can keep drugs out of a free society? Unless you are willing to end our free society?

      June 15, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Samuel

    So, and Holder/Obama is suing Arizona for trying to protect Americans and legal residents from these criminals? For sure, all these zeta guys have no criminal records in US and ACLU/LaRaza will provide them whatever help they need.

    June 15, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kelly

      Shut up, stupid. Your comment is nonsensical. There is no reason to turn every story into an anti-Obama rant. Anyway, if anything, it's the antiquated drug policies of the GOP that is leading to the explosion of criminal activity throughout Mexico and Guatemala.

      June 15, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ronald Hussein Reagan

      SAmmy – if I had a one note piano I would sell it to you.

      June 15, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    We might as well legalize violence.

    June 15, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • lance corporal

      idiotic partisan response

      June 15, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd

      Duh!! It's called Football, Pugulism, or Mixed Martial Arts.

      June 15, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Quincey9

    Michael Vik is probably sponsoring the whole thing. "Hey, what? They said "no dogs".

    June 15, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. framous

    Corruption, Corruption, Corruption. I truly feel for the citizens of Mexico. What a great country it could be, and what a great country it will never be as long as the RICH class of this poverty stricken country with NO Middle class squander away the opportunities and rights of the average citizen. First, GIVE THE PEOPLE THE RIGHT TO HAVE ARMS! We may have issues with crime here in the U.S. because of our right to have guns, but we sure don't have a system that allows criminals to run wild on our streets with no recourse from the law abiding citizens here. Proof in point, Mexico's government is nothing more than a political extension of the cartels, who have billions and billions of dollars in bribe money for the greedy, immoral politicians who obviously care less about their own people. As much as I believe that illegal immigration will eventually damage the U.S., I can certainly understand why Mexicans would do anything in order to escape the fantastically corrupt governernment and deplorable human living conditions of their country. What a shame, what a scam, what a bunch of BS that will never be fixed in our lifetime.

    June 15, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cletus

      Framous – I don't think you belong in this forum. Your comment makes too much sense.

      June 15, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rev. Mike

      A government that can't be trusted will never allow an armed populous! As Mexico is now the US will be as soon as it outlaws guns!

      June 15, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Roger Ogilivie Thornhill

    Hmm. That would explain the chariots the Federales ride around in.

    June 15, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Philip

    Mexican corruption? What governmment isn't corrupt. Where are these incorruptable leaders of yours.

    June 15, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • lance corporal

      what a world view, you must be miserable, no not all pols are corrupt and there are levels of corruption, in mexico it is deep and rampant and you can get away with murder EASILY that is not the case everywhere with every politician

      June 15, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. lance corporal

    thank you for making the world safe with your "drug war", treating a public health issue as a criminal action has worked out so well....... a complete fail, it has caused mammoth prison over crowding putting actually dangerous criminals on the street, destabalized several other nations, and corrupted our police, wasted billions of $s, destroyed families and to what end? are there less drugs??? has there been sufficient money for drug treatment and education? this is what happens when you do what makes the radical right feel good instead of doing what makes sense and in the long run will actually WORK, sheer stoooopididty

    June 15, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. buggi

    kelly- honey be quiet before you get your kulo cojedation.. lol

    June 15, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. maximus

    are you not entertained?!?!

    June 15, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Shawn

    Isn't the solution to every drug problem legalizing it? How about we legalize gladiator fights? The dope heads should like that idea; or else just be dumb hypocrites.

    June 15, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • HandfulOfPeter

      Yes, legalize forced gladiator death matches, because that's the exact same as legalizing certain drugs. I see you really love thinking things through.

      June 15, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred Evil

      LOL @ Shawn – Thanks for being the example of how NOT to think! Logic, USE IT!

      June 15, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Baranga the Great

    Terrifying stuff, but I need to say, I think a lot of folks still do have that blood lust when watching sports. Honestly, if there was a sport where someone was guaranteed to die, it would probably become pretty popular. I'm not trying to be negative or grim, but I think it's true.

    June 15, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ray in Vegas

      I totally agree. I have no interest in watching blood sports, including boxing. Yeah ... pound a guy in the head with your fist thousands of times. That's healthy. It's also a perfect way to teach the youth that inflicting violence on other human beings is wrong.

      June 16, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. thatsitfolks

    The answer is simple.
    Legalize all drugs and charge a nationwide tax.
    just like they did on alcohol during the prohibition era 1920 to 1933.
    Nicotine will also kill you and others from second hand smoke, but its acceptable because of the taxes imposed.
    so its not really about your health. its all about MONEY$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    June 15, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • joe

      Yeah, legal herion, what a great idea. What harm could that possibly do?

      June 15, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tal

      If they legalized heroin tomorrow would you use it? Really? The only thing holding you back is the law?

      You cant legislate away the right of stupid people to hurt themselves, they will do it anyway. Atleast if its legal they wont be proping up violent criminal organizations in the process.

      June 15, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • nosferatu

      Yeah, or legal crystal meth. What's everyone saying? Why not legalize something where the users only hurt themselves? HAHAHAHA, morons.

      June 15, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
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