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El Paso residents fear mannequin hanging on noose Cartel Related?!?

Posted by on May. 23, 2014 at 11:53 PM
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Border residents fear message on mysterious billboards


EL PASO, Texas -- El Paso police are investigating two mysterious billboards that appeared just off I-10, each with a mannequin hanging from a noose. .

“It’s not an advertisement,” said Mike Mons, regional manager for Lamar Outdoor advertising.

The first vandalized billboard off I-10 had Plata o Plomo in large black letters which translates into silver or lead. It is usually a warning targeting police or government officials in Mexico. The warning: work with a cartel and take a bribe or get a bullet.

The hanging mannequin was dressed in a suit and tie.

“This symbol has historically been used by Mexican drug cartels to threaten or intimidate Mexican citizens, business owners and government officials; however, we have never experienced this in El Paso,” said police in a statement released to media.

“Maybe the problems in Juarez are coming over here,” said Javier Padilla, an El Paso resident.

“Oh, that’s horrible,” said Maria Ramos, his wife looking at a photograph of a stuffed hanging mannequin.

Two of her relatives were murdered across the border in Ciudad Juarez in 2009. Real bodies have been found hanging from overpasses in that Mexican city.

The mannequins hanging from nooses mimic real drug violence in Mexico and the images in El Paso spread quickly on social media.

“It’s a little terrifying. You wish it didn’t happen to your home town,” said Adriana Padilla, 23, an El Paso resident.

During their morning commute motorists spotted a second billboard off I-10 with a hanging mannequin dressed in jeans.

“Dying for drugs” was painted on an existing DEA billboard that offered a $5 million reward capture of drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero.

Vandals cut through a chain link fence and climbed about 30 feet to reach the billboard’s ladder and then had to climb even higher to write the message and hang the mannequin.

Investigators suspect it might be the work of an activist group questioning the war on drugs. Similar hanging mannequins were placed on billboards in Las Vegas in 2012 with the messages “Dying for work” and “I hope you’re happy Wall Street.”

But along the border where hanging bodies are calling cards for violent drug cartels in Mexico, the disturbing images worry El Paso residents.

“I‘m hoping it’s just a bunch of kids vandalizing. If it is, I hope they catch them,” said de Avila.

by on May. 23, 2014 at 11:53 PM
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jllcali
by Jane on May. 24, 2014 at 12:49 AM
Supposedly it was a publicity stunt for a movie. I can't c&p links on my phone.
pvtjokerus
by Platinum Member on May. 24, 2014 at 2:02 AM
Interesting........
jcrew6
by Platinum Member on May. 24, 2014 at 9:41 AM

I'd like to see the news source/article on this.  Because all of the sources I have seen/read down here on local news and national news have not said one word about a movie stunt.(ABC, Fox, Houston Chrionicle, El Paso Times, etc)...


Quoting jllcali: Supposedly it was a publicity stunt for a movie. I can't c&p links on my phone.


mrsary
by Bronze Member on May. 24, 2014 at 9:46 AM
Dang!!
krysstizzle
by on May. 24, 2014 at 9:52 AM

There were a lot of sources saying it could be related to a media stunt, actually. The producer of the upcoming film (Plata o Plomo) said they didn't orchestrate it. However, there was a second billboard with a manequin in El Paso on the same day - that billboard said "Dying for Drugs". Same lettering, same kind of mannequin.

It's not the cartels. 


krysstizzle
by on May. 24, 2014 at 9:55 AM
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And there's no general sense of fear or unease here. In fact, this is what's circulating on social media in El Paso right now:



krysstizzle
by on May. 24, 2014 at 9:56 AM
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This one is my favorite. 

jcrew6
by Platinum Member on May. 24, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Interesting.  I guess the news reporting that the police investigating and treating them as crime scenes is nothing? and local's interviews of concern aren't examples of unease? 

http://www.chron.com/news/texas/article/El-Paso-police-probe-cartel-style-graffiti-threats-5500961.php

http://www.kvia.com/news/plato-o-plomo-message-on-billboard-is-not-advertisement-investigated-as-vandalism/26120520

http://www.ksat.com/news/Billboards-stir-concern-in-El-Paso/26141012

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Texas-Billboards-Stir-Concern--260441401.html


Quoting krysstizzle:

And there's no general sense of fear or unease here. In fact, this is what's circulating on social media in El Paso right now:


jcrew6
by Platinum Member on May. 24, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Can you show a link/source for this possibly being a media stunt?  With the police treating it as a crime scene, seems a little bizarre for a media stunt.  

Quoting krysstizzle:

There were a lot of sources saying it could be related to a media stunt, actually. The producer of the upcoming film (Plata o Plomo) said they didn't orchestrate it. However, there was a second billboard with a manequin in El Paso on the same day - that billboard said "Dying for Drugs". Same lettering, same kind of mannequin.

It's not the cartels. 



krysstizzle
by on May. 24, 2014 at 11:33 AM

I didn't say I think it's a media stunt - the producer was specifically quoted as saying it's wasn't orchestrated by their team. 

Of course the police are treating it as a crime scene, if for vandalism if nothing else. 

Cartels don't put up billboards that say "dying for drugs". It's a stunt of some kind - by or for who, who knows. But the cartels? No. They don't operate in the U.S. the same way they do in Mexico, their tactics are different. 

Quoting jcrew6:

Can you show a link/source for this possibly being a media stunt?  With the police treating it as a crime scene, seems a little bizarre for a media stunt.  

Quoting krysstizzle:

There were a lot of sources saying it could be related to a media stunt, actually. The producer of the upcoming film (Plata o Plomo) said they didn't orchestrate it. However, there was a second billboard with a manequin in El Paso on the same day - that billboard said "Dying for Drugs". Same lettering, same kind of mannequin.

It's not the cartels. 



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