A post by Pat

As you procrastinators brace yourselves to venture forth facing the rigors of last minute shopping, consider the measures Miss Sinaloa 2008 apparently felt compelled to take. Laura Zuniga, a 23-yr old model and beauty queen, was arrested with seven men at a military checkpoint in Zapopan Mexico. Soldiers searching their two trucks found a large stash of weapons, including two AR-15 assault rifles, 38 specials, 9mm handguns, nine magazines, 633 cartridges and $53,300 in U.S. Currency. Senorita Zuniga told the soldiers she and the men were on their way to do some shopping.

Given the reports coming out of Mexico about beheadings, maybe she wasn’t all that paranoid. But then again, maybe it wasn’t Christmas shopping.

Mexican beauty queen arrested in gun-filled truck

Zuniga is from the Pacific coast state of Sinaloa, the home of the powerful cartel of the same name. It was not immediately known whether Zuniga and the men were being investigated for drug ties. Lupita Jones, the national director of Nuestra Belleza Mexico, released a statement distancing the organization from Zuniga. Jones also said Nuestra Belleza knew nothing about “any illicit activity in which she could be involved.”

Good luck to those of you with a few more items on the list. I trust you will have a better shopping excursion than Miss Sinaloa 2008 since you probably won’t be driving to the mall with suspected gang members. It might nevertheless be a good idea to know some basic self-defense.

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