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. michaelfury


    unlike this:

    June 15, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • jagr

      to the victor, goes the spoils.....

      June 15, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • MM

      How do you know? BTW – Nice self promotion.

      June 15, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gabser

      Sounds funny

      June 15, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    Sad thing is that most of US would pay to see these gladiator games. Oh, we'd complain about the foreign drug cartels...but that wouldn't stop us from enjoying the show. Maybe there could be a video game so our kids could enjoy it too. It's all about the kids they say.

    June 15, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Really????

      Don't speak for "most Americans" The dredges of society and people who have no morals yes.. but that is NOT most Americans.

      June 15, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • RB

      Phillip: Where do you come up with all of these inane comments? You have somehow conducted a scientifically based study inquiring as to whether or not Americans would like to see this gladiator show? And, you have published verfiable results in the form of a report? And, you have opened up your study to verification and duplication from other sources? Oh, I see, you haven't done any of those things? Then this comment above, and others below, that you have thrust upon this blog with such supposed authority, are actually just a bunch of horse-hockey being spewed by an ignorant moron whose time would be better spent getting either an education or a job.

      June 15, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • B

      What's wrong with you?

      June 15, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • lance corporal

      speak for yourself evil person there are those of us who are evolved and would be puking if forced to watch this

      June 15, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Funny how a group of you are saying how awful gladiatorial games would be but you have no further to look than the UFC to see how popular and profitable human violence is.

      Open your eyes people, it isnt just your own little world out there.

      June 15, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • GrogInOhio

      I think you meant yourself as opposed to "most Americans". Simple typo, I guess.

      June 15, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    I don't believe this is happening, either...

    I'm not taking the word of a drug trafficker, who was told of these fights by gang members, who's purpose is probably to keep said trafficker in line.

    I admit, it would scare the spit out of me....

    June 15, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      well then, you had better be scared...crap like this goes on all over the world.

      If you believe otherwise, you need to get out more.

      June 15, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    Mexican authorities have confiscated 30,000 guns so far this year, 20,000 of them are stamped 'made in USA'. (The NPR report didn't say how many were made in Isreal) Perhaps we should stop exporting guns to Mexico. And let's all hope that "the terrorists" don't notice how easy it is to smuggle whatever back-and-forth accross our borders.

    June 15, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • WannaKnow

      We get blamed for the demand side of the equation (drug use). On the other hand we also get blamed for supply side of the equation (gun supply). If the drug gangs stopped buying our guns, there wouldn't be a problem, would there?

      June 15, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • MM

      Wannaknow – the problem is the US gun dealers are selling assalt rifles to illegals who bring them back over the border. If there is a buck to be made, America doesn't care

      June 15, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • sean

      But if we really stopped buying drugs, then the cartel wouldn't need the guns, would they? Oh, I forgot, they are sportsmen too and need AK47s for hunting quail.

      June 15, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • framous

      Well then, give all of the Mexican Citizens guns that are stamped "MADE IN THE USA" and send a very strong message to the only people who have guns in Mexico: The corrupt police, military, politicians and the CARTELS.

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

      yes gun control is a good idea

      June 15, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      LOL...maybe some of you need to brush up on American recent events. America grows and sells more weed now than any other country. 6 or 7 states with legal medical marijuana, more considering it.

      Drugs are not the problem. The problem is now Mexico has become a boogeyman the govt can use to scare and control more of the blind followers who will believe anything the corrupt morons in DC would tell them.

      June 15, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. A

    Can we please get some troops back to secure our border? Maybe a few?? Pretty please???

    June 15, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ELH

    Totally unbelievable–a fabrication.

    June 15, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mark D

    Having personally witnessed the dramatic fall of Monterrey, Mexico from being labelled "the safest city in Latin America", this does nto surprise me. Why has this happened? Everyone is to blame. The guns come from the U.S. The market being served by the cartels is the US drug market. The Mexican government epitomizes corruption at every level. The cartels exploit this corruption perfectly. Beware America, our illustrious border is as solid as Swiss cheese. Do you really think that this will be contained in Mexico and not spill over to the US? God help us all because our governments don't seem to be able to do it!

    June 15, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bob

    Is anyone listening to Ron Paul? Legalize drugs. No profit motive, no cartels. Pretty simple. If you think the "War on Drugs" has saved a single life, think of the millions of lives, not to mention billions of dollars, it has cost.

    June 15, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • sean

      Even though drugs have basically been decriminalized in Holland, there is still an underground effort to smuggle drugs in, there is more of a profit motive than ever and the drug smugglers are trying to capture as much of it away from the government controlled suppliers as possible.

      June 15, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • lance corporal

      it's not just ron paul, many in law enforcement have been sating this for 30 years, it is a public health issue not a criminal/military issue, ron paul has nothing to do with it

      June 15, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Look at Portugal for an example of what happens to the fabric of society when you decriminalize drugs:,8599,1893946,00.html

      Turns out, it actually works.

      June 15, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Iz Teremka Kennel

    What;s the matter with these people!

    June 15, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. 2bits

    The future of America since our elected congress and Bama brains won't secure our border nor kick out the 15 million illegals they know are here. Rich people should begin moving to New Zealand or Austraila as America is falling apart due to civil rights politicians more concerned with the right of illegals than American citizens which should always be paramount.

    June 15, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • MM

      Seriosuly? You fault the POTUS for not deporting 15 million people? And BTW – Obama has done far more to secure our borders (and kill terrorists) in 2 years than GWB did in 6. In the last 3 years a lone, over 15K more border patrol have been put to work. Take your Fox News talking points and shove them where the sun don't shine. moron!

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

      yeah move to the "white" countries that know how to treat indigenous populations......

      June 15, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Morgan

      Seriously MM? You're claimimg the POTUS has made progress in securing our borders? Try coming down here to one of the border states and see how that's working out – there's more murders and kidnappings in Texas and Arizona than ever before, and Obama had the nerve to criticize Arizona for wanting to enforce FEDERAL anti-iillegal immigration policies

      June 15, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred Evil

      Oh yes, the illegals are Obama's fault. Never mind that MORE have been deported than in any previous administration....

      June 15, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Morgan

      And while we're at it, MM, count up the number of terrorists killed during any two-year period on Bush's watch versus the number killed on O's watch (so far) and see who's "ahead". As an Iraq/Afghanistan vet, I resent any pres taking credit for what the military does – neither Obama or Bush went out and killed terrorists – they just give "permission" when the military says it's a go. Unlike Obama claiming credit for bin Laden, though, I don't remember Bush getting on TV taking credit for capturing and killing Saddam, his sons, or the whole upper tier of the Iraqi leadership. If you haven't been over there, don't just trust what you see in the media, moron.

      June 15, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • American Hispanic

      to mm:
      iDIOT! See your yes we can change and hope-ity hope hope line of bs somewhere else, the us voters already got fooled by this ignorant teleprompter reading bs artist

      June 15, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tom

    Ya, and whatever you do, don't flash your headlights at them or they will turn around and shoot you. I knew this guy who knew this guy who said that it happened to another guy he knew. No LIe!

    June 15, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    Our borders have fallen. Not for people, but for profit. (and drug/gun traffikers) I'm surprised that we don't export suicide vests and roadside bombs, and that Al-Quida doesn't import anthrax.

    June 15, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Random Anonymous Blackmail

    I would watch American Idol if it was more like this.

    June 15, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Zak

    To all you drug users out there:
    This is what your drug money pays for. Is getting high and ruining your body really worth the havoc that you cause in Mexico?

    Many will tell me that it's the government's fault for not legalizing drugs. I can respect that opinion. If you want to do drugs lobby your government until they are legal and don't touch them before hand.

    June 15, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • lance corporal

      bassakwards..... this is what your FALSE sense of security pays for, remember prohibition? how is this different, suppose they made beer illegal? look deeper at the problem than just your moralistic condescension

      June 15, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kevin M

    Close the border! Seal the border totally. It will solve the drug running problem and the gun running problem and the illegal alien problem. Let the "peace-loving, hardworking, honest" people of Mexico figure it out for themselves on their own land. Keep up the hell out of it.

    June 15, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred Evil

      No it won't, because what you propose is impossible. Come on back down to the real world, and let's all face reality together, mmm'k?

      June 15, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
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