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.