Mexico: Prison guards let killers out, lent guns


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MEXICO CITY ? Guards and officials at a prison in northern Mexico allegedly let inmates out, lent them guns and allowed them to use official vehicles to carry out drug-related killings, including the massacre of 17 people last week, prosecutors said Sunday.

After carrying out the killings the inmates would return to their cells, the Attorney General's Office said in a revelation that was shocking even for a country wearied by years of drug violence and corruption.

"According to witnesses, the inmates were allowed to leave with authorization of the prison director ... to carry out instructions for revenge attacks using official vehicles and using guards' weapons for executions," office spokesman Ricardo Najera said at a news conference.

The director of the prison in Gomez Palacio in Durango state and three other officials were placed under a form of house arrest pending further investigation. No charges have yet been filed.

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Quattrone

Not surprising in a country run by drug dealers and cartels.

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perochan

better not run and pass the border to california...

those guards should be shot and hang...

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YounGMessiah

WTF? I am not surprised though..

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Growled

I'm not much surprised by this either.

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Hum

What surprises me is, the lure of drugs.

They don't seem worth the cost.

Pot had no real effect on me, and I can't speak about what other drugs do or not do.

Alcohol is a much cheaper buzz.

And again -- Mexicans should show some backbone, build their own country up in some worthy way.

Not invade the USA, not push junk on us.

The people of Mexico do not seem to have changed much since the time of the ruthless Spanish conquistadors.

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Darth Laidher

And people say that the U.S is bad lol.

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Black Flash

(CNN) -- Top officials in Mexico said Sunday that authorities at a prison released and armed several inmates to attack a group of people during a birthday celebration last week in a killing spree that left 17 dead.

Ricardo Najera, a spokesman for Mexico's Interior Ministry said authorities allowed a group of inmates to leave the Cereso prison in Gomez Palacio, in Mexico's Durango state, in police vehicles to launch an attack on revelers at a farm in Torreon in the neighboring state of Coahuila.

"The delinquents were committing their executions as part of a debt-settling scheme against members of rivaling groups from organized crime," Najera said Sunday of the July 18 attack.

"Unfortunately, in these executions, these delinquents also cowardly murdered innocent civilians," he said, adding that the inmates returned to the prison after the attack.

Four top Cereso Gomez Palacio prison workers -- including the prison's director -- were named as suspects in the investigation, Najera said.

The interior ministry said Sunday that the four suspects had been "detained," but it was not clear whether charges had been filed.

Police were able to trace the weapons used in the July 18 incident to other violent attacks, Najera said.

Mexico's interior minister, Francisco Blake, said Sunday that the Gomez Palacio prison incident sheds light on Mexico's tenuous security and the "deteriorating state" of Mexico's local law enforcement.

"Today, it is evident that the Mexican state is facing an enormous challenge in security," said Blake. He asked local authorities to monitor "the presumed complicity of local authorities" with criminal elements.

According to the U.S. State Department, many of the narcotics-related attacks in Mexico have occurred in the northern border region.

Source:CNN

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fr33k

Talk about a breach of trust.. sheesh

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Black Flash

Talk about a breach of trust.. sheesh

Indeed it is, I'm beginning to think we might need an Official War in Mexico thread soon.

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Growled

Topics merged.

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