Police investigate threatening messages on 2 El Paso billboards

Updated: Thursday, May 22 2014, 12:42 PM MDT
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By: Jamel Valencia
EL PASO, Texas - A mannequin dangling from a billboard off of Interstate 10 has many people asking why it was placed there.

A human-size doll was hanging from a rope around its neck that was attached to a billboard for public display Thursday morning. The billboard is located in the 3400 block of Gateway East.

Many motorists traveling along Interstate 10 west near Joe Battle and George Dieter became distracted during early morning rush hour.

The billboard it was attached to also had a message in Spanish that read: "Plata-O-Plomo," which means silver or lead.

Fire crews were called out to the scene to remove the mannequin.

El Paso police said a second billboard was also vandalized on the 5200 block of Gateway East, near Copia Street in south-central El Paso.

The second billboard read "Dying for Drug," also with a mannequin hanging from the billboard in a noose. 

Incidents like this have been used by Mexican drug cartels to threaten or intimidate Mexican citizens, business owners and government officials.

This is the first time an incident like this has been reported in El Paso.

El Paso police have not received information to suggest this was done to target an individual or business at this time.

An investigation is ongoing.

Police investigate threatening messages on 2 El Paso billboards
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