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26 August 2008

My proposal for "Oceans Fourteen: Gangsta Style"

I'm starting to love the throw-in international briefs in the Times. Like, a week or so back, the tiny story mentioning that there might be a wee bit of a problem in South Ossetia. Well, check this, in its entirety and try and tell me it don't be having screenplay written all over it:

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The police in Mexico on Friday chased a man suspected of being an assassin for a drug cartel through the streets of Tijuana and into a crowded casino, arresting him and another man after hundreds of frightened gamblers were ordered to the floor, officials said.
Mexico’s federal Public Security Department said the two suspects were believed to be Rubén Ríos Estrada, thought to be a prominent gunman for the Arellano-Félix cocaine cartel, and Héctor Manuel Mora Mendoza, also suspected of being a cartel member. They were flown to Mexico City under heavy guard, the agency said.
Federal troops and police officers chased the suspects through the streets before the men entered the casino, the department said. Federal agents caught them as they gambled, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported, citing witness accounts.
The casino company, owned by Jorge Hank Rhon, a former mayor of Tijuana, complained to local newspapers that the police raid terrified and endangered about 1,300 customers.
The federal police said officers found a shotgun, two pistols, hundreds of bullets and five shirts emblazoned with police insignia in the suspects’ vehicle.

Yeah, I suppose that would be a little terrifying. Me hopes Nancy Botwin's new beau didn't have anything to do with it.


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