Sunday, December 19, 2010

Authorities Say 151 Inmates Escaped Mexico Prison

A total of 151 inmates escaped from a prison in the northeastern Mexican city of Nuevo Laredo, just across the border from Laredo, Texas, officials said Saturday.

The first head count on Friday’s prison break indicated that 148 inmates had escaped. That figure was subsequently lowered to 141, but the Public Safety Secretariat in Tamaulipas, where Nuevo Laredo is located, announced the final tally.

Army soldiers and Federal Police officers were on alert following the escape but no captures have been reported thus far, while the whereabouts of prison warden Efrain Hernandez Llamas, who did not report to work on Friday, remain unknown.

Friday’s prison break brings to 352 the number of inmates who have escaped Tamaulipas penitentiaries thus far this year. The tally as of Sept. 10 was 201, including 86 men who busted out of a prison in Reynosa, neighboring McAllen, Texas.

Tamaulipas prison service chief Horacio Sepulveda was dismissed after this latest breakout.

The Gulf coast state of Tamaulipas has been battered this year by a turf war between the Gulf drug cartel and former allies Los Zetas, a conflict that has left hundreds dead.

Massive prison breaks are a tactic employed by drug mobs in response to the killings and arrests of their gunmen.

Mexican Security Forces Hunt 151 Escaped Prisoners

Federal police and army troops were on alert Friday in northeastern Mexico after 151 inmates escaped from a prison in Nuevo Laredo, just across the border from Laredo, Texas.

An official source originally put the number of escapees at 148, but Tamaulipas state Public Safety Secretary Antonio Garza Garcia said a careful head count determined that 151 of the more than 1,200 inmates were missing.

The federal government issued a statement “energetically” condemning the escape and calling the Tamaulipas state government ineffectual.

“The absence of effective measures of monitoring and security on the part of the local authorities is deplorable ... (and) has generated frequent escapes from the penitentiaries, which place the security of the communities at risk,” the statement said.

The inmates fled the Nuevo Laredo institution late Thursday night through a service exit, Garza Garcia told a press conference, adding that 58 of the escapees were men serving sentences for drug and racketeering offenses.

Both warden Efrain Hernandez Llamas – who did not report for work Friday and remains missing – and Tamaulipas prison service chief Horacio Sepulveda have been fired, Garza Garcia said.

The breakout in Nuevo Laredo brings to 342 the number of people who have escaped this year from prisons in Tamaulipas. The tally as of Sept. 10 was 201, including 86 men who busted out of a prison in Reynosa, neighboring McAllen, Texas.

The Gulf coast state of Tamaulipas has been battered this year by a turf war between the Gulf drug cartel and former allies Los Zetas, a conflict that has left hundreds dead.

16 comments:

  1. 352 thats about the same number as have been arrested in the last year isn't it ?

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  2. It is SUCH a show that many prisoners were allowed to escaped. I can't imagine the public panic that would ensue if this incident occurred in the U.S.

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  3. Amazing that police and army troops are "on alert but report no captures thus far". Really? Not even one?

    The law of probabilities says that at least some should be caught - but none?

    And they talk about the prison service being ineffective....

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  4. The state and local govt institutions in Mexico are directed by narcos,how do you break the chain. Vigalante groups,Federal takeover,what to do? Arm the public,at least more Narcos would get shot. Mexico State/local are the most worthless bunch of beaurocrats on the planet.

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  5. What Country 3rd World has managed to supress the tidal wave of Narco/Crime,what tactics were used,Mexico needs to go from a boil back to a simmer ASAP What has been the most effective? immediate course of containment.

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  6. Prisoners on the run... probably celebrating, laughing at the federal authorities, should be alerted because they might find them, again celebrate christmas and new year..... I wonder, if prison staffers were being threatened by inmate narcos... 'release us, or we'll kill your family...' or they were being paid to ease inmates out of the prison.... God knows.

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  7. Se calienta la plaza en Tepic!! http://www.nayaritenlinea.mx/nayarit/blog

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  8. @December 20, 2010 9:13 AM

    Its not like the inmates only had a couple hours before the feds were alerted...they had a least a couple days before the local prison officials announce anything to the federal authorities...so yeah..the probability as the days goes by get slimmer and slimmer....so learn all the facts before you start saying ineffective.

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  9. This is why Mexico is what it is. And now, the bloodshed continues.

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  10. @ smurf

    Yeah, I was thinking the same. All this incident does is raises bar. This incident, once again, tests the endurance of the mexican people. But in the U.S., this kind of incident would cause an uproar. I just can't understand how shameless mexican government officials have become to allow this to happen. What would be considered detestable in america, is now considered acceptable in mexico........this is very bad.

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  11. What a pity! I have been watching this courageous woman work tirelessly, only to be snuffed out. Is this what a righteous person gets in Mexico? Too bad the little prick didn't take out the three dirty, meat-headed judges instead.

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  12. Oops! Sorry about that last post! I was still thinking about Rubi's Mom.

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  13. Mexico...O ...Mexico...where art thou Messico?

    Its about education, employment ops, secure justice system, safety....satellites are cool, but 1B allocated ineffectively is sinful at this moment in time.

    http://mexicoinstitute.wordpress.com/2010/12/21/boeing-gets-1-billion-order-from-mexico-for-three-satellites/

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  14. @Buela

    What wrong with that...it will give them a better communications for the military and police?? I see no harm in that?? esp in this drug war...it could be of use...Honestly tho I see el PAN as the republicans of Mexico...Big spending on the Military and little job employment haha...

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  15. @ ANON 9:31

    In the real world this would be a great idea...in Messico it is a waste of limited resource. It reminds me of So Central LA...driving by little shacks with the pimped out hummers, escalades etc worth more than the homes. It is counter practical, counter sensible, ignorant or intentionally careless....other than that it is a swell idea. It is the $$$$$$$$ I am speacking of. I am a pragmatic fiscal thinker. I like to establish priorities, this is not one. Not by a long shot. If you want to attack a problem don't spend money how to TRACK the problem...spend on the core issues that cause the problem to flourish. In this case all boils down to socio-employemnt-education issues.Take care of your people first! then they become a part of the solution.

    Firstly, the will fuck it up and the system will be plagued by problems. Its Messico...not the US.

    Secondly, the money is deparately needed to fight the core of the Org Crime issue, with education and employment ops etc so 50% of the population will not have the midset joining cartels is their only op.

    and thirdly...Buy the Book:
    THE LAST NARCO...by Malcolm Beith

    go to the chapter THE GREAT ESCAPE...i think it is chapter 1 or 2...

    read how in a couple of short years this model state of the art prison was rendered a piece of crap. this is what happens in Mx. all for the show, and until they have an education system that produces the best and talented people from the whole of Mexico instead of 30% of the population the field of choice for talent, creativity, and promise will be limited, as well as capability.

    it is what it is and it ain't pretty.

    nothing is as it seems in Mx

    nothing

    as always just my doz centavos

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  16. Well if we are talking about pragmatic fiscal planing this year the Mexican congress approved the 2011 budget deficit to touch 0.5 percent of gross domestic product, which compared to other countries like the US..is way better planing then 10-12 percent. Second you said "Firstly, the will fuck it up and the system will be plagued by problems. Its Messico...not the US." But whose building the satellites are Boeing defense same ones that build for the US government defense and the "U.S which currently makes up about 90% of its revenue" So their is quality in these Satellites. Third "with education and employment ops etc so 50% of the population will not have the midset joining cartels is their only op." Which I completely agree with, create the right conditions but honestly tho...I believe the core of the problem is at home with values and morals...which society today really doesn't have any..I see the bystander effect(psychology) in Mexico all the time. And thanks for recommending the book I will read it sometime but I recommend the book "Los Senores del narco" now that's an excellent book..


    Sources:
    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN2027730620101020

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxsrJBQZjgU

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rlz=1B2RNFA_enJP252US392&defl=en&q=define:Bystander+effect&sa=X&ei=LHQSTbD-C4K8lQeFmOirDA&ved=0CBgQkAE

    Signed el Z-1

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