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Mexican Drug Cartels Create Gladiator Fights For Recruitment and Amusement

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  1. Balzafire
    The violence and chaos in Mexico has escalated to new levels recently. One of the most violent groups, the Zetas, has reportedly taken a page from the Ancient Roman playbook.

    There are reports that drug traffickers have been stopping buses and kidnapping the passengers inside. They then force the passengers to fight against each other, as if in a gladiator arena.

    According to the Houston Chronicle, a federal agent met with a drug cartel-connected trafficker in Texas to discuss the recent developments in Mexico. The man, given only the name Juan, relayed the following information:
    “If what he says is true, gangsters who make commonplace beheadings, hangings and quartering bodies have managed an even crueler twist to their barbarity.

    Members of the Zetas cartel, he says, have pushed passengers into an ancient Rome-like blood sport with a modern Mexico twist that they call, “Who is going to be the next hit man?”

    It’s like a game show where the winning prize is getting to be a member of one of the most violent and bloodthirsty drug cartels ever to operate. A mass burial pit was found near San Fernando, where nearly 200 bodies were unearthed. Authorities say that most of the bodies had suffered blunt force trauma to the head and had most likely been passengers dragged off of buses traveling through Mexico.

    A retired FBI agent focused on cartels and traffickers has a different take on the gladiatorial exploits of the Zeta Cartel. Peter Hanna says that using passengers to fight like gladiators would be inefficient and much too time consuming. Instead, he says, “It would be more for amusement, I don’t see it as intimidation or a successful way to recruit people.”

    That’s right, we’ve fully moved back into 63 BC, where people are forced to fight each other for fun. But no Russell Crowe this time to rise up against the Zeta Cartel. Only busloads of innocent civilians being kidnapped for sport.

    According to Mike Vigil, a retired DEA agent, the Zetas “love brutality, they do not care whether you are a police officer, a trafficker or an innocent bystander.”

    The issue is that the drug cartels have been involved in so much infighting that it spills out onto the streets and becomes a major problem for everyone living in the affected area.

    The drug trafficker that the federal agent interviewed, Juan, has made it a point not to get noticed as a potential target in the ongoing skirmishes in Mexico. “The secret is not being greedy or flashy enough to draw attention from other gangsters, who these days show no hesitation to cut down rivals,” he says. “He can quickly size up in a bar or cafe who is likely to be a trafficker, from the money they spend to the way they talk, sit or eat.”

    All those years of playing Where’s Waldo finally pay off in Mexico, where people must go unnoticed for fear of violence. People that stand out become the targets of the drug cartels in their unending war across the country. The Zetas have been stepping up their attacks, including the death of ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata on February 15th when he was traveling between Monterrey and Mexico City.

    At the rate the violence is escalating in Mexico, it will be difficult for the authorities to get a handle on the gladiator-esque fights that have been popping up due to the Zetas.


    by HVnews
    June 14th 2011
    http://hypervocal.com/news/2011/mex...adiator-fights-for-recruitment-and-amusement/

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  1. Balzafire
    Mexican drug cartels force kidnap victims to fight to the death in barbaric gladiator-style contests

    [imgl=white]https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=20758&stc=1&d=1308170445[/imgl]Mexican drug lords are forcing kidnap victims to engage in fights to the death.

    In a chilling twist to the drugs violence that has so far claimed over 40,000 lives, men are given machetes and knives and ordered at gunpoint to fight for their lives in gladiator-style contests.

    The winner is often 'rewarded' by being forced to go on a suicide mission and kill rival cartel members by shooting up their town.

    The idea of the contest is for cartel bosses to find new recruits who are willing to kill without mercy.

    The horrific contests were revealed by a drug trafficker connected to the ultra violent Zetas cartel.

    Zetas are believed to be behind the mass graves of hundreds of mutilated victims that have been found in recent months in central Mexico.

    Almost 200 bodies were found near the Mexican city of San Fernando with most having died from blunt force trauma.

    Many are thought to be victims of the blood sport where cartel chiefs re-enact the gladiator contests.

    The cartel member, who is not identified, said the victims were bus passengers who were hijacked while travelling across Mexico.

    They are given hammers, knives and machetes and ordered to fight each other to the death.

    The cartel member, who is identified by his first name of Juan, said the killing for sport is called 'who is going to be the next hit man?'.

    'They cut guys to pieces,' he told the Houston Chronicle.

    Juan said those who survive are taken captive and eventually given suicide missions, such as riding into a town controlled by rivals and shooting up the place.

    Borderland Beat, a blog specialising in drug cartels, reported an account in April of bus passengers brutalised by Zeta thugs and taunted into fighting.

    'The stuff you would not think possible a few years ago is now commonplace,' said Peter Hanna, a retired FBI agent who built his career focusing on Mexico’s cartels.

    'It used to be you’d find dead bodies in drums with acid; now there are beheadings.'

    Hanna said the gladiator killings would be for 'amusement'.

    A recent U.S. Senate report said the Zetas are the most violent of Mexico’s cartels.

    They were formed by former special forces soldiers who deserted from the Mexican Army and joined the Gulf Cartel.

    Since 2010 the Zetas have been rivals to the Gulf Cartel after splitting from them and running their own smuggling operations.

    Beheadings, hangings and dismemberment of victims have become commonplace and the violence among rival cartels has spiralled out of control.

    The violence in Mexico has claimed more than 40,000 lives since the Government ordered a crackdown on the violent cartels who control the drug trade.


    By Paul Thompson
    15th June 2011
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...adiator-style-contests.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

  2. LordeV
    This smells like a typical single source unverifiable BS or perhaps greatly exaggerated account. The first article states as possible evidence 200 bodies showing blunt force trauma to their head, but if one looks around for definitions of "blunt force trauma" in the wiki places of the world one finds that it entails concussions, lacerations, abrasions and/or bone fracturing and it is to be contrasted with penetrating trauma in which an object pierces the body.

    If we are to believe the Zetas are handing over gladiatorial weapons such as hammers, machetes and knives, one can expect that at least a few instances of penetrating trauma should have been found. Also, if gladiatorial fights or any sort of fight were taking place, it is expected that the bodies should be showing signs of multiple injuries distributed unevenly around the body but mostly concentrated on arms, legs, abdomen and chest. Instead, most of the bodies were shown to have suffered blunt force trauma to their heads.

    One has to wonder what kind of gladiatorial games the Zetas are sponsoring. Are they ordering people to bash each other with the blunt sides of the weapons? Are they ordering people to target the head specifically? Are they tying people to a chair and beating them to death? That doesn't sound very gladiato-oh wait.
  3. Terrapinzflyer
    ^^ Indeed. The original story seems to be from a site that seeks out "viral" and other such stories from the net, the latter story of course the ever lovely dailyfail...

    While it is entirely possible that such an event has occurred at some point, the implication that this is somehow widespread/commonplace nw is almost certainly BS.

    Anyone have time to try and track this back and see who originally published this BS??
  4. Killa Weigha
    I'll third the "bullshit" calling here. Zetas are too busy making money to be fucking around stopping buses. Buses are stopped by Desperados, Bandidos, Thugs,Pirates or whatever you want to call them. Zetas also have people falling all over themselves to become "affiliated". It's like the old saying "I'd join the mafia in a heartbeat. I just don't know where to turn in my resume (CV for Euros)"! Mexican media encouraged by the Mexican government feeds this kind of bullshit to US media outlets knowing that the stories will be sensationalized because that's what sells ad slots on "news" programs. The Mexican government then gets helicopters, kevlar vests, hummers and lots of M-16s to "help stem the drug violence". Living here it makes me sick to see this kind of obvious stupidity being devoured and disseminated unchecked. FYI, in Mexico the equation is: Unsolved murder=death attributed to drug violence. Just sos y'all know.
  5. Balzafire
    Here is the original article referenced in the first story, published by the Houston Chronicle:

    Narco gangster reveals the underworld

    Cartels have taken cruelty up a notch, says one drug trafficker: kidnapping bus passengers for gladiatorlike fights to the death


    [imgl=white]https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=20774&stc=1&d=1308178377[/imgl]The elderly are killed. Young women are raped. And able-bodied men are given hammers, machetes and sticks and forced to fight to the death.

    In one of the most chilling revelations yet about the violence in Mexico, a drug cartel-connected trafficker claims fellow gangsters have kidnapped highway bus passengers and forced them into gladiatorlike fights to groom fresh assassins.

    In an in-person interview arranged by intermediaries on the condition that neither his name nor the location of his Texas visit be published, the trafficker also admitted to helping push cocaine worth $5 million to $10 million a month into the United States.

    Law enforcement sources confirm he is a cartel operative but not a fugitive from pending charges.

    His words are not those of a federal agent or drawn from a news conference or court papers.

    Instead, he offers a voice from inside Mexico's mayhem — a mafioso who mingles among crime bosses and foot soldiers in a protracted war between drug cartels as well as against the government.

    If what he says is true, gangsters who make commonplace beheadings, hangings and quartering bodies have managed an even crueler twist to their barbarity.

    Members of the Zetas cartel, he says, have pushed passengers into an ancient Rome-like blood sport with a modern Mexico twist that they call, "Who is going to be the next hit man?"

    "They cut guys to pieces," he said.

    The victims are likely among the hundreds of people found in mass graves in recent months, he said.

    In the vicinity of the Mexican city of San Fernando, nearly 200 bodies were unearthed from pits, and authorities said most appeared to have died of blunt force head trauma.

    Many are believed to have been dragged off buses traveling through Mexico, but little has been said about the circumstances of their deaths.

    The trafficker said those who survive are taken captive and eventually given suicide missions, such as riding into a town controlled by rivals and shooting up the place.

    The trafficker said he did not see the clashes, but his fellow criminals have boasted to him of their exploits.

    Killing 'for amusement'

    Former and current federal law-enforcement officers in the U.S. said that while they knew Mexican bus passengers had been targeted for violence, they'd never before heard of forcing passengers into death matches.

    But given the level of violence in Mexico — nearly 40,000 killed in gangland warfare over the past several years — they didn't find it tough to believe.

    Borderland Beat, a blog specializing in drug cartels, reported an account in April of bus passengers brutalized by Zeta thugs and taunted into fighting.

    "The stuff you would not think possible a few years ago is now commonplace," said Peter Hanna, a retired FBI agent who built his career focusing on Mexico's cartels. "It used to be you'd find dead bodies in drums with acid; now there are beheadings."

    Even so, Hanna noted, killing people this way would be time-consuming and inefficient. "It would be more for amusement," he suggested. "I don't see it as intimidation or a successful way to recruit people."

    Hidden behind designer sunglasses and a whisper of a beard, the trafficker interviewed by the Houston Chronicle talked at a restaurant's back table. He had silver shopping bags filled at Nordstrom, but seemed anything but a typical wealthy Mexican on a Texas shopping trip.

    As a condition of the interview, he asked that he be referred to only as Juan.

    He has worked as a drug-trafficker in Northern Mexico for more than a decade, he said, but has grown tired of gangsters running roughshod over each other and innocent civilians.

    Juan, who has worked with the Zetas and the Gulf Cartel, the two major drug organizations that control territory along the South Texas-Mexico border, said that back home, he sleeps with a semiautomatic rifle by his bed and a handgun under his pillow.

    "It is like the Wild West. You can carry a gun and you are Superman," he said of gangsters and killing at will. "Like everybody says, it is out of control now. We have to put a stop to it."

    A recent U.S. Senate report contends the Zetas are the most violent of Mexico's cartels. Its members are believed to be responsible for the recent killing of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent who was shot on a Mexican highway.

    'They brag about it'

    Just on Thursday, authorities in Mexico said they arrested members of the Zetas and seized 201 automatic weapons, 600 camouflage uniforms and 30,000 rounds of ammunition.

    "I am not defending the Sinaloa or the Gulf Cartel," Juan said of the Zetas' main rivals. "I earn more money with the Zetas, but I know the (crap) they do," he said. "They brag about it."

    With the recent killing of the ICE agent and perhaps other attacks, the Zetas also are breaking the golden rule for Mexican traffickers: Don't kill Americans, he said. It brings too much heat.

    If the Zetas are crushed, violence will lessen, he said, and Mexico's older cartels will go back to the older way of doing business - dividing up territory and agreeing not to clash with each other.

    Death toll has exploded

    Mike Vigil, a retired Drug Enforcement Administration agent who was the chief of international operations, said Mexican gangsters used to understand that violence should be used sparingly.

    "They love brutality," Vigil said of the Zetas. "They do not care whether you are a police officer, a trafficker or an innocent bystander.

    "The drug-trafficking organizations are eventually going to have to deal with the Zetas."

    The death toll has exploded since Mexican President Felipe Calderon took office in 2006 and dispersed military troops throughout the country to fight the cartels. The resulting battles have wrought carnage among local politicians, soldiers, gangsters and civilians alike.

    As for the military, Juan said, "They are not helping," noting that the soldiers, like the gangsters, seem to kill whoever they want.

    He also discussed some of the finer points of drug trafficking.

    Checkpoints no problem

    "We don't hide it," he said, telling stories of openly off-loading tractor-trailer rigs of cocaine in parking lots. "These are not lies. Everybody in Mexico knows it."

    Even the checkpoints Mexican officials operate along the highways between Central Mexico and the border do not pose much of a problem, Juan said.

    The trick, he confided, is to send someone in advance to bribe a commander so a drug load won't be bothered.

    "It is better to tell them," he said. "It will cost you more if they catch it."

    Tries not to be flashy

    As for how he's been able to survive a decade, Juan said the secret is not being greedy or flashy enough to draw attention from other gangsters, who these days show no hesitation to cut down rivals.

    He said he can quickly size up in a bar or cafe who is likely to be a trafficker, from the money they spend to the way they talk, sit or eat.

    "You can tell in a restaurant or anywhere - that guy is moving dope," Juan said.

    Other keys to longevity in the business: knowing your place in the Mexican under*world's hierarchy and not giving the impression you are making more money or interested in taking a chunk out of another gangster's livelihood.

    "You keep doing the work you do," Juan said. "Stay at your level."


    By DANE SCHILLER
    HOUSTON CHRONICLE
    June 13, 2011
    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/topstory/7607122.html


  6. Killa Weigha
    I'd love to go off topic here and ask, "What the fuck were two ICE (that's Immigration and Customs Enforcement) agents doing 1000 miles + south of the border of which the Immigration and Customs Enforcement is charged with enforcing the customs and immigration thereof?" and say their job descriptions were way out of line with the Agency they "worked" for AND that the US government has a lot of 'xplainin' to do to the family of poor Jaime Zapata but I won't go there cuz I've way too many red boxes to my "credit" already. So I'll just say thanks to Ballz for filling us in on the hansel and gretel trail of sensationalism. Houston Chronicle, if'n ya don't reads it you're uninformed. If'n ya do, you're misinformed. Que bueno.
  7. rawbeer
    The ICE are in charge of combating any threats to customs and immigration in relation to the USA. Drug trafficking is a threat to customs, therefore their authority extends beyond the border to wherever said drug problems exist.

    Not to say some shady dealings weren't going on - they may well have been - but there's nothing unusual about ICE agents operating far beyond the US border. But than again if you have a different angle, being from Mexico, I'd love to hear it. I''m sure you guys might be getting an entirely different perspective on things, and be privy to info we don't get north of the border.

    But you brought up an interesting point and it does make me think...
  8. Killa Weigha
    Wow, that first paragraph must have come straight from the Imperialists' Handbook. REALLY? And just who granted them that "authority" extending beyond their border? ANY threats? No matter in which sovereign nation they may be? God rest the soul of Jaime Zapata (who was no doubt duped by his higher-ups) but where does the US get off sending two agents rolling down the highway in an armoured, blacked out SUV and crying when said agents get offed? They were in the EXACT type of vehicle Cartel members roll in! They need to stay at home and work on Chicago, Baltimore, DC, etc. Or they could stay with their "Primary Mission" and work Customs and Immigration.

    Back on topic, Cartels still don't waste their time hustling busloads of poor Mexicans (hint:that's why they're taking the bus - they're poor). People worth robbing fly just like in America.
  9. LordeV
    The original source confirms the BS calls. Alleged drug trafficker tells US media the Zetas, whom he dealt frequently and probably held their deals in a civilized fashion until that point, are a bunch of bloodthirsty murderers who are now equals to Nero, Commodus and soon Stalin and Hitler (just wait for the news of concentration camps for bus passengers the Zetas are just coming up with—they just hate that shit). US media is tempted to believe whatever this man—who may be lying his ass off or may not exist at all—tells because it is so unbelievable it must be true. After all, we get all these crazy reports calling the Zetas bloody murderers, so why not bloody Roman murderers? It is not unconceivable one of them traveled to ancient Rome and brought some old customs back, along with some bags of poppy flowers and two tusks of ivory filled with crack cocaine. So the Houston Chronicle, being the sound journalists they are, publish the story anyway while putting a few caveats so they may not be completely wrong, all the while blaming the Zetas for all the deaths and destruction occurred in Mexico since God declared the Holy Crusade on Drugs in 2005 A.C.

    Not wanting to be left behind by such breakthrough in investigative journalism, two other fine newspapers regurgitate the original piece and add new shocking evidence of violent people doing nasty things in a Drug War. Presto! Here we are, discussing the fine details of Mr. Juan's highly trustworthy account of gladiatorial games.

    Frankly, the media is just disgusting.
  10. upb2014
    This is what one is supporting when they buy street drugs. Make sure swiy knows what they are buying and where it comes from!
  11. Ghetto_Chem
    Ya anybody in the US who buys "mid-grade", "regs", etc are pretty much supporting all this chaos and killing. Swims friend never even thought about it until a article was submitted on this site awhile back. But its bloodweed.

    When people buy better quality they are most likely supporting homegrowers, or at least smaller run operations. These people are usually pretty good folks just trying to make it like everybody else. Go a step further and buy outdoor grown dank whenever possible, these people are really hurting right now.

    So anybody that smokes mids, think about that next time you light up that unusually large blunt filled to the brim.

    Peace
  12. upb2014
    exactly, afoaf has a little group that grows their own weed and they are the only people that swim uses
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