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. Brasil1958

    Sounds like a job for Maximus.

    June 15, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beserkersfury

      One of my favorite films

      June 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brasil1958

      Maximus would take care of the Zetas once and for all. Give him two swords and he would hack the lot to pieces. Too bad that can't happen.They should round this lot up and burn them. Columbia did it...why can't Mexico?

      June 15, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Frank

    People of the United States of America,Mexico.and President Obama.
    Well,every day when I read,hear or see the level of depravity out there in the world I say how much lower can mankind go,then the next day,sure as hell,mankind sinks lower.To the Mexican President,do not waste your time trying the arrest these drug gangs i.e. Zetas.just kill them.Have your Airforce bomb their fortresses and your SWAT Teams go in and kill everyone.President Obama.If this new revalation does not convince you and the Democratic Party to put the military on the border to protect American lives then .....What more does that say about you.

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

      I don't think it can get lower than this. Immigrants from other countries coming up through mexico being abducted by the druggies and left to fight each other to the death? This is in parallel to the Roman times. I suggest pulling our troops out of pakistan/afghanistan/Iraq and let's help the mexican government fight these cartels by declaring an all out war against them. Now that would be something to fight for.

      June 15, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. nyc

    All of the $billions of dollars that the US has spent with Mexico against the war on drugs could have been used to build three fenses with Mexico already and have enough law enforcement down at the boarders to end this continuing flow of Illegal drugs and people ! This has just been handled sooo wrong over the years ! I just don't get it !

    June 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dustin

    Maybe they are online gang e members so they can stay anonymous. Just like when you go on eHarmony and you're not sure if you talking to a 24-year old hot blond or a 55-year old man with hairy balls.

    June 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mike

    First rule: never talk about fight club.

    June 15, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rog

      Ah shut up, mindlessly quoting movies like this adds nothing to the discussion.

      June 15, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hello McFly

      What we have here is a failure to communicate.

      June 15, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dustin

    Also, I wonder if the gangsters have to be verified like twitter. Would you want to be a gang emember and have to worry about the other person being a legitimate emember?

    June 15, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. rise against

    These cartels should burn in hell .. it is true that they kidnap innocent people and make them fight each other .. just visit the mexican website

    and you'll get your daily news update on the atrocities these monsters commit

    June 15, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Caesar (Emporer)

    When a people become lazy to the point where they will not only refuse to pick their own fruit but refuse to herd their own sheep, there is but one thing for Caesar to do: import slaves. It works much the same way with street drugs and pharmaceuticals.

    June 15, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cdogg

    This can't be good news for the Mexican Tourist industry. However it would make a great Hollywood movie. It would be like Kickboxer meets No Country for Old Men meets Slum Dog Millionaire.

    June 15, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dustin

    I prefer to think that I'm talking to the hot blonde

    June 15, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Nomad

    Nuke em til they glow!

    June 15, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bubba

    all you people make me sick to my stomach......

    June 15, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dustin

      Your name makes me sick to my stomach.

      June 15, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Smiles

    Legalize drugs. End of problem. If you can't use them responsibly, join a support group, or die. Tax the hell out of them. Deficit problems: End of problem.

    June 15, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Glenn

    I just don't see how a fence will be good enough. I think we should annex Mexico, clean it up, and make it a state. I'm dead serious.

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

    Mexican drug trafficers are vile animals, not even human beings....and they need to be fought hard and wiped off the face of the earth for their crimes.

    June 15, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Monte

      We can make them irrelevant, everyone stop using drugs.

      June 15, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rule

      Death to ALL gangs everywhere.

      June 15, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen Hawking knows MORE than you

      Death to ALL gangs? What about friendly gangs such as:

      The Get Along Gang
      Kool & the Gang
      Our Gang

      June 15, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      @ Monte even if everyone were to stop using drugs, the cartels would find something else to monopolize. Drugs aren't the problem, people are the problem.

      June 15, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
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