Almost 30 drug cartel member manager to stage a prison break in one of Mexico’s “top security” prisons, and 16 are still out on the run now, leaving Mexican police scrambling to catch them before they resort to their lives of crime.
Police managed to catch 13 of the prisoners.
Authorities have states these are highly dangerous individuals, part of the Zeta’s drug cartel.
The inmates were able to escape the prison by digging a 120-foot tunnel under the prison, and making a break for it.
Luis Alberto Rodriguez, a state security spokesman, told Fox News that the tunnel was five meters deep and 40 long.
The Daily Mail reports:
A Mexican jail experienced a massive escape on Thursday when 29 inmates tunneled under the prison’s wall.
Sixteen of that original 29 are still on the run, after 13 were caught, and authorities have said that most of them are suspected to be members of the Zetas drug cartel.
The inmates escaped through a 120-foot tunnel out of a prison in Ciudad Victoria, in the northern Mexican border state of Tamaulipas.
Luis Alberto Rodriguez, a state security spokesman, told Fox News that the tunnel was five meters deep and 40 long, and the opening was hidden in a hut that the inmates illegally constructed in a part of the prison they essentially controlled.
As soon as prison authorities were made aware of the escape, officials destroyed unauthorized shelters constructed by inmates on prison grounds and searched all of their cells, reported CNN.
This took place through Thursday night and all of Friday. On Saturday the prison’s security also sealed in the hole that was used in the prisoners bid for freedom with concrete.
In reaction to those efforts by security guards, a riot broke out in the prison on Friday night.