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. Checkspelling

    members*.

    June 15, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. KC

    "I will win the crowd. I will give them something they've never seen before"

    June 15, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bubba

    you all make me sick

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

    Los locos kick your a.ss
    Los locos kick your face
    Los locos kick your b.alls INTO OUTER SPACE

    June 15, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny 5

      Nice Short Circuit reference.

      June 15, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen Hawking knows MORE than you

      Who's Johnny?

      June 15, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mikeonthebay

    Be carefult, these are the guys who will help get Obama re elected

    June 15, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • D23

      Be "carefult"? Mikeonthebay – I think you are part of the very group you try to insult buddy.

      June 15, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Christina333

    Drug cartel and gang members are like rabid dogs. We need to put them down. They are the scourge of society and civilization. We need to declare war on them and take them out like the terrorists that they are!

    June 15, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen Hawking knows MORE than you

      Christina333, I have something I've been meaning to tell you.

      It's...

      MOKKORI TIME!!!

      June 15, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mikeonthebay

    Obama needs these guys to vote and stiff arm voters to win the next election. Wonder why he will not support stopping illegiala immigration or fortify our southern border. He needs these thugs.

    June 15, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Willy B.

    Please, let all of these poor, misguided people into the U.S. so they can vote for Obama.

    June 15, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. wendy5

    we dont do anything about this s hit; but we go 3000 miles away for what;please explain

    June 15, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sarah

    Well, time to send the drones south it seems.

    June 15, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sarah

    *Sigh* Well, time to send the drones south it seems.

    June 15, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Fruit Pickers Local 581

    No speaka de englas.

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

    What a cheap circus act CNN is. Gee, I didn't see it happen, and the DEA hasn't seen it happen, but I know a guy who knows a guy who says he heard it's happening. So maybe it's happening. Ya never know. Hey look, ma, I'm a journalist!

    June 15, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mervyn

    I'm out of weed.

    June 15, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Carl

    Beheadings

    Cooking people in acid

    Setting people on fire

    Doesn't sound like a very relaxing vacation. No wonder flights and hotels are so cheap in Mexghanistan right now.

    June 15, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rule

      They should put an army together and wipe out all the gangs. ALL of them...get rid of them all.

      June 15, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen Hawking knows MORE than you

      What about friendly gangs such as:

      The Get Along Gang
      Kool & the Gang
      Our Gang

      June 15, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rule

      Death to all violent, drug-dealing gangs everywhere. I'll now await another comedic response from the peanut gallery.

      June 15, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
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