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. luffing

    Maybe a few well placed drone missiles would help in Mexico. These guys are terrorists.

    June 15, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    Pharmaceuticals kill way more people by accident than drug gangs do on purpose. Until the war on drugs is focused on big-pharma, it can't be won. We spend more on drugs than we do on national defense. We aren't that sick are we? I don't think so.

    June 15, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chris

    We need the military on the US/Mexican border ASAP.

    June 15, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • vincent

      We were there until they gave our money for that mission to the prisons!!

      June 15, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ProperVillain

    More civilized behavior from Mexico. Courtesy of their government allowing the drug cartels have their way with their country for the past several decades. Anyone going to Mexico for a vacation has some sort of death wish, the police and government there cannot protect you.

    June 15, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Alex

    June 15, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. AlienShark

    more than disturbing.

    June 15, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bluemax77

    I expect nothing less...!

    June 15, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. stormsun

    No wonder Mexican people want to crash the border and live in the U.S. Their government will not and cannot protect them. A modest proposal: annex Mexico. All Mexican citizens become U.S. citizens. A bounty is then placed on the heads of all know drug gang or cartel members.

    June 15, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bluemax77

    Talk about living next door to trailer trash...!!

    June 15, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. hahahahaha

    Stephen Hawking knows MORE than you

    June 15, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Big Moose

    Lets call up Spartacus & Crixus to get rid of this ludus

    June 15, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. reader10

    Mexicans doing this to their own people? I don't want them living next to me.

    June 15, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. pete 351*

    As long as people here in the United States insist on doing drugs.The violence in Mexico will continue.There is too much money at stake in the drug trade,for it to go away on its own.So when your getting high and lie to yourself,that im not hurting anyone.Think again.You are an enabler.People are being murdered daily,so you can have drugs.

    June 15, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      That's right folks: Buy American.

      June 15, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MogwaiFearMexicans

    Bad! Very bad! Oh wait...I mean THIS IS THE MOST AWESOME THING I'VE EVER HEARD! Machete and hammer fights to the death? I mean; Who comes up with this stuff? RockStar video games is going to be all over this one...You Mexicans are freakin CRAZY yo! Just CRAZY! I mean, DAMN esse! siMONE!

    June 15, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. PithyMcGee

    Everyone here buys this crap? A random Mexican gang member tells about stories he's heard, and we're supposed to just take his word for it? It seems ridiculous on its face – I mean, what motivation does one have in a "gladitorial" fight if the prize for the victor is to go on a suicide mission? How do you arm someone that you've tortured and expect them to sacrifice their life while killing your enemies? Don't you think the "gladiator" who was armed would rather shoot the gang members that captured him? Perhaps I should offer you folks a fine deal on a bridge...

    June 15, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
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