Two billboards in El Paso, Texas, were recently vandalized with veiled threats, which authorities believe may have come from Mexican drug cartels from across the border.
One billboard read "Plata o Plomo," which means "silver or lead." This is a common threat by Mexican drug cartels to police to take a bribe (silver) or be shot (lead), noted KHOU (video below).
Another billboard with a DEA wanted poster for Mexican drug trafficker Rafael Caro Quintero had the words “Dying For Drugs” painted on it.
According to the El Paso Times, mannequins dressed in suits hung by nooses from both billboards.
“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,” Sgt. Chris Mears, a spokesman for the El Paso Police Department, said in a statement.
V.J. Smith, general manager of Clear Channel Outdoor in El Paso, stated, "We had some graffiti on one of our billboards. It was not an advertisement. We are treating it like vandalism and we have already removed it."