Violence related to drug cartels in Mexico has been on the rise in recent years. And the police have had difficulty combating it. So now they’re turning to the supernatural for assistance. According to the Daily Telegraph:
Police in Tijuana, a city just south of the US/Mexican border near San Diego, have resorted to the strange rituals, which also include animal sacrifice and spirit tattoos amid claims they are “running scared” of the savage trafficking gangs.
During the rituals, priests slaughter chickens on full moon nights on beaches and smear police with the blood while using prayers to evoke spirits to help protect them from drug cartels battling over smuggling routes into California.
These rituals combine elements of Haitian Voodoo, Cuban Santeria and Mexican Witchcraft. Several police officers have claimed that these procedures have saved their lives during confrontations with viscous drug gangs.