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. Aubrie

    Wow. Forced to kill or be killed. What a horrible decision to have to make. Just regular old Joe Schmoe off the bus, minding his own business, becomes senseless killing machine for ENTERTAINMENT. Sick. REALLY REALLY SICK.

    June 15, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Poop Flinger

    These are the thugs that Obama and the ATF have been arming with automatic assault weapons, explosives, and rocket launchers in an attempt to make it look like US Citizens are the ones selling guns to the cartels.

    June 15, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ted Linguini

      You're name says it all. Dooosh

      June 15, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Corbijn

      It all makes sense now. This has nothing to do with drugs and trafficking them into America. It all has to do with the posterity of the president. Do you seriously believe what you posted? I know people don't like the idea of a black president and will say some crazy stuff but that comment is out there. I wonder if these gangs were just sitting around playing Parcheesi until Obama came along and gave them guns to play with?

      June 15, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aubrie

      Prez isn't black in the true sense. He's Mulatto. And was raised by whites. In my eyes that makes him more white...

      June 15, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Theda Bara

      Yes, because Obama is the one who started this massively successful drug war.


      June 15, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Poly

    This is basically the statement of ONE person? Hardly news.

    June 15, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Say What

    I hope there is a very special place in Hell for the sickos that are making average people do this. It sounds like one of the "Saw" movies. What an absolute horrific thing to go through. Win, and then find out your going to die anyway in a hail of gunfire... Sick, man....real sick.....

    June 15, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Heywood Jablome

    Smells like Twanna in here.

    June 15, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. George

    We need to place stricter controls on the flow of machetes, hammers and sticks from the U.S. to Mexico.

    June 15, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Corbijn

    These gangs mainly exist to traffic illegal drugs into America. This is just my opinion but how worse does this need to get before we do something rational like legalize drugs? It wouldn't solve the problem but if it included the slightest chance that these gangs couldn't operate why not?

    June 15, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. celtic knight

    I agree with what secret said awhile ago. we should indeed declare war on such thugs and low lifes who pray on others and kill for the sake of killing. the problem that lies if you watch miami vice and ncis is that these guys always have someone working already in the us who has connections and is the one buying and selling inost cases its americans who are fooled not knowing where the guns or drugs are going be because they are so blind to making money and in other cases its people who already have their relatives living in the us.. its extremely hard to stop these guys since when you cut the head of one snake another is there to replace them or the other drug lord takes over. the war against them is being fought we just need better way of fighting it.

    June 15, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tal

      The only way to stop them is to cut off the money.

      If you legalize the drugs their entire organizational model becomes worthless overnight.

      Smuggling is the only criminal enterprise capable of making enough money to support these large criminal organizations.

      War is pointless because you arent fighting a group. You are fighting against unbridled capitalism itself.

      If you kill a supplier someone else will become a supplier because there is a demand for the product.

      Controlled supply + any demand = MONEY. Unlimited supply + limited demand = No Money.

      June 15, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Paul

    I predict this will be a reality show within the next 5 years.

    June 15, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dustin

    Is this an online gang? What are gang e-members?

    June 15, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. celtic knight

    Legalizing drugs wont help for one its illegal for reasons as some of them kills you. do you want kids selling something to kill other kids with like angle dust for thats how lcd got its name from as anyone that does it dies. how many people have we seen fall to peices on drugs. i seen my whole family decimated by drugs now they so messed up in the head its not funny. people who do drugs and im not counting pot ending up hurting others close to them and using others. i had to denounce my whole family due to that mess and almost lost a sister because drugs kill. it weakens the body changes your face makes you look way older then you are and rots your teeth out. im so glad i choose to live a life that is pure and not like that watching my family spire out of control. most drugs are illegal for a reason as heroine makes you lose wieght till your a stick and also has the other effects i mention. is that worth feeling good over when it fries your mind

    June 15, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      "its illegal for reasons as some of them kills you"... well, cigarettes and alcohol KILLS YOU, so why are they legal??

      June 15, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tal

      There are an infinite number of ways for stupid people to kill themselves.

      If we try to make them all illegal we will end up putting everyone in small rubber rooms with rounded corners.

      Making products illegal only creates a market for them to be smuggled by criminal organizations. Smugglers tend to kill people who get in the way of them making more money. Smugglers are bad mmmkay?

      June 15, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andr00

      I'm sorry but lol at angel dust being LCD. LCD=Liquid Crystal Display. (tv/computer/cellphone/etc screens.) I think you meant LSD, the hallucinogenic drug

      June 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mike

    mexico is a crap hole, plain and simple.

    June 15, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mike

    all of you damn mexicano illegal aliens need to go home and FIX your country. stop running to the USA like cowards when your homeland is a crap hole.

    June 15, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. adam

    Why people deny their moral experience (feeling as if what these drug traffickers have done is immoral) and accept their other sense experiences (what they see/hear/touch around them) is truly astonishing. You can't prove morality exists in a test tube but it makes it no less true that it is real.

    June 15, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. kim

    Those people in mexico are just crazy as hell its a disgrace that so many innocent people are force to suffer they have nothing to do with the drugs but are caught in the middle and force to suffer lose of loved ones death and all sots of terrible crimminal activity that occur due to the cartels. Its a disgrace. This is going to cost alot of pain before all this is stopped or cleaned up. Its just awful soon the blood toll will be hard to ignore.

    June 15, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nomad

      That is so true. A government that can't protect you is as bad as a government the opresses you. Time for a civil uprising in Mexico. That's what is needed.

      June 15, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
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