By JENNIFER EVANS
3:15 PM PDT, June 15, 2011
Mexican drug traffickers are abducting bus passengers and forcing them to fight each other like gladiators according to published reports. The winners of the fights are then ordered to become assassins.
One drug trafficker agreed to talk to the Houston Chronicle on condition of anonymity.
Members of the Zetas cartel have been taking bus passengers and initiating these fights.
According to the informant and the Chronicle, the elderly are killed, the women are raped, and the male passengers use machetes, hammers, and sticks to cut each other. The Zetas then send the winners on suicide missions into rival territories.
The losers of the gladiator fights are then buried in mass graves. Almost 200 bodies were discovered in pits near the Mexican city of San Fernando recently. The bodies were supposedly dead from blunt force trauma to the head.
Federal law enforcement said they were unaware of these gladiator fights but that the idea is certainly plausible.
The Houston Chronicle's drug trafficking informant also told stories of transporting $5 - $10 million worth of cocaine across the border into the US.
The informant asked to be referred to only as Juan. He has been a drug-trafficker in Northern Mexico for over a decade and has worked for both the Zetas and Gulf Cartel.
Juan says he has tired of the treatment of innocent civilians and the behavior amongst gangsters. He also discussed how the cartels brag about what they do.
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