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. American Hispanic

    MUCK FEXICO! The sooner people realize NOTHING goods comes from grand ole Mehico the better! That place and the people suck bigtime..I thought Mehicants were proud people? Thats why they yell viva mehico while living anywhere BUT Messyco! Cowards!

    June 15, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      You are completely wrong. How many times have you been there? It's easy to make comments like this when the story refers to gladiator-like fights and involves humans killing other humans. Your comments an absolute, uninformed shame.

      June 15, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barloady

      You must be Native American? Or just stupid?

      June 15, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      This is the type of ignorance that should be immediately deleted from these boards.

      June 15, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blicky

      Way too much anger. You might be at risk for a stroke. Maybe that's ok for bad people.

      June 15, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Curious

    wonder who has time to dig all those graves?

    June 15, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rudedog

    Once the local cops get corrupted, everything else pretty much goes down the toilet. The KEY is stop police corruption there and HERE!!!

    June 15, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Shannon

    Learn to spell before insulting how trashy others are. Seriously.

    June 15, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Barloady

    Funny how so many messed up people responding to this terrible story have forgotten that if they aren't Native American, they are all immigrants. Go back to where you all came from you heartless, low-life winers.

    June 15, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Danny

    How do you say ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!?! in spanish lol

    June 15, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barloady

      That's easy. Repeat after me, "Danny is mucho stupido" 🙂

      June 15, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    If you don't like living next door to Mexico, move north. Don't just sit there complaining. Obviously your government approves of illegal Mexican's entering this country and refuses to stop the flow. So why not move. America's it or leave it.

    June 15, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    Even native Americans migrated here. It's a well known fact and not argued. Even a simple study of languages showed this. But now we have DNA. Really, there's no such thing as a native American. All Americans came from somewhere else. But as always, if you were born here you are a native. Nothing can change that no matter how you look at it.

    June 15, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. pinkdynamite

    this so far sounds as well researched and fact checked like WMDs in Iraq. Try harder CNN.

    June 15, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    Odd. Nobody questions CNN reports of FBI reports to the Whitehouse press-released reports of al-Qaeda reportadly taking credit for something they were reported to have reported to Al-Jazeera. If it's a terrorist taking credit, we believe it/him/the report of the reported report.

    June 15, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. flarnkingsgargle

    60% of the money that Cartels use to fund stuff like this comes from selling pot. Put that money in tax-payer hands! the 60% is from a 2006 U.S. gov't report.

    June 15, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mark Pidgeon

    people from the US who are bagging Mexico and all its problems. STOP buying drugs and shipping them guns! YOU are the problem not the poor people in Mexico

    anyone who thinks snorting coke is a bit of harmless fun look at the consequences to your neighbours. dont get me started on your gun culture.

    June 15, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ace from south texas

    Everybody and their mothers sell drugs here in south texas,

    June 16, 2011 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  14. mikey

    I think everyone on here would love to see these guys waiving machetes at eachother.....just sayin??

    June 16, 2011 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  15. mikey

    Ahhhh!?! I would have to watch it half of you probably already searched you tube for this as well.

    June 16, 2011 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
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