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Dealing with a blockade

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barquentine
10/26/2010 13:03 EST

Blockades are reactions by the narcos to some event or other that they don't like. They are designed to cause maximum disruption.

1. ALWAYS carry a complete set of car keys + alarm. (If you have the type where the alarm is built into the ignition key, you're screwed. That's a damn silly idea.)

2. If you are one of the cars targetted by narcos, just do as they ask, but do it quickly, as if you don't you're likely to get hit in the face and hurt.

3. Blockades are "hit and run". Stay cool and don't overreact.

4. When it starts, if you see a route of escape and nobody is directly after you, I'd turn off the engine, get out, and walk away.

5. Keep the alarm fob separate from the ignition key and then if you're forced to abandon the car, walk away and while still within alarm range, you might decide to operate the alarm - which will kill the engine too. Keep walking away, though!

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Mirto
10/27/2010 22:27 EST

Hello. I lived in Sinaloa in the summer of 2009. I went in a car with 2 guys looking for a place to raise geese in La Noria. We saw the cartel in blacked out new SUV's and a lookout on the back roads. Very poor farmers, but they all had shiny new red tractors. On the way back to Mazatlan cars on both sides of the highway were being stopped by police. My two friends got out to talk to the police, told them I was the American's aunt. They offered the police money to buy some beers after work which was acceptable to them. Then we were let go. When the snow birds started coming in droves I fled to Michoacan where I live today in Zirahuen.

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Mirto
12/11/2010 16:56 EST

That was then. Barquentine is correct. It's almost 2011 and things change. Never been to Monterrey. Don't plan on going.

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