Who would have thunk it.

A chilling message from the cartels: Billboards with hanging mannequins warning cops to choose ‘silver over lead’ appear in Texas

Two frightening incidents of vandalism in El Paso near the Mexican border in Texas have been interpreted as warnings from drug cartels.

In both instances, a mannequin wearing a suit and tie was tied to a billboard with a noose and messages were scrawled over the placards.

Local station KHOU reports that one of the signs reads ‘Plata o Plombo’ which translates to ‘silver or lead’, a threat used commonly against police officers effectively warning that if they do not accept the cartel’s bribes then they will be shot.


I’m sure it’s just a joke.  (sarc)

Update:  From Borderlandbeat.com

A rumor circulated that the "plato o plomo" message was advertising for the second season of FX’s "The Bridge." An FX publicist told ABC-7 that the show is not connected to the message

However, New Era Films, reported to KXAN El Paso, that is in the planning stages of making a film titled “Plata O Plomo.” The CEO for the company told El Paso media that no one from their business orchestrated the displays. But they did say a marketing campaign with similar artwork had been planned.

The movie is supposed to be a fictional tale of drug cartel violence, and is set along the El Paso-Juãrez border.


4 thoughts on “Who would have thunk it.

  1. “I heard there’s an American rotting in a Mexican jail, because he crossed the border with US registered guns.”

    Yes, that’s true. Although I don’t have much to say on that. Seems like a mistake but who knows.

  2. One of the reasons why I didn’t think casualties in Iraq or Afghanistan, before 2006, were wastes of treasure or blood is because there’s a lot of places in or around America that could use a bit of counter insurgency work. And it’s better to have pure combat experience, so that the op doesn’t turn into another Bay of Pigs.

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