Mexican authorities announced a prison break in Nuevo Laredo in which 59 prisoners escaped, seven died and five guards abandoned their posts, according to a news release from the Tamaulipas state government.
The situation at the Nuevo Laredo Detention Center (CEDES), where more than 1,200 prisoners are housed, is under control, Mexican officials said. Federal and local authorities are investigating, while the Mexican military and federal police work to capture the escapees and guards who abandoned their posts.
Law enforcement officials expect to beef up patrols at other prisons throughout the country, authorities said. They were placed on alert and officials were working to reinforce security at the other facilities.
Thirty-five of the 59 escapees are federal prisoners, officials said.
Authorities did not provide any other information in the news release.