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PIEDRAS NEGRAS: Zetas Likely Behind Mass Prison Break

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 |

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

Tunnel prisoners use for their escape (PGR photo)
Authorities suspect Zetas are likely behind the Piedras Negras mass prison break announced on Monday.  The number of 132 dropped to 129 yesterday when three women suspected of escaping were found hiding in the prison.  The number again amended late Tuesday when two prisoners not included in the original fugitive list were confirmed to have escaped.  The Tally stands at 131.
Reportedly the prisoners escaped through a clandestine tunnel.  However other reports say it would be impossible for 132 escapees to pass through the tunnel in a short timeframe without being detected, a more likely scenario is that they escaped over a period of several days.  Piedras Negras is a border town directly adjacent to Eagle Pass Texas.  The escape tunnel was 21 feet in length and 4 foot in diameter, subsequently   passing through the tunnel prisoners cut through a chain link fence to freedom.
Jorge Luis Moran, public safety secretary of Coahuila, told the AP “inmates inside the prison reported that those who plotted the escape were Zetas members and that some prisoners not in the cartel were forced to go along”.
"Clearly, the Zetas are behind this escape," said Moran.
Photo of the two fugitives captured in shootout
Mileno reported late Tuesday; Moran announced two of the inmates were captured after a shooting with state police. They were armed in an SUV driving about 40 miles away from the prison.
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Zocalo, the popular Coahuila newspaper, reported that a man Identified as one of the Piedras Negras fugitives was found in Monclova, severally dehydrated.  That is a driving distance of 150 miles.
There were a number of stolen and abandoned passenger buses found in various regions that may be connected to the escape and used to transport some of the fugitives out of the area.
A Red Alert was imposed along the border in cities in proximity to Piedras, cities such as Acuna, 55 miles west of Piedras Negras, have soldiers and police at the cities entrances inspecting vehicles entering and exiting.
 
When the prison break was discovered, a reactionary unit was deployed immediately to Piedras Negras from Saltillo, approximately a four hour drive.  During the drive the unit was intercepted by a group of gunmen with high caliber weapons with the obvious intent of disrupting the journey of the special unit.

A shootout commenced that resulted in four of the sicarios being killed.

 “The killed individuals were not part of the escapees, but clearly, they are part of the criminal group of the Zetas, which we presumed were the ones that organized the prison break in the CERESO of Piedras Negras, and they attacked the reactionary unit  with the purpose of stopping them”, stated Moran.

The  General Attorney of Justice of Coahuila (PGJE), Homero Ramos, revealed that the majority of the 129 inmates that escaped belonged to the criminal group of the Zetas and that 86 of them were sentenced for federal offenses, which are linked to drug trafficking.

 Officials of the U.S. border reported being on high alert, and Eagle Pass Police Chief Tony Castaneda said his department had received the list of the escaped federal inmates.
The prison housed 734 inmates, but is woefully understaffed having only 12 guards.  On Monday, federal Interior Secretary Alejandro Poire said that only 180,000 of the country's 430,000 city and state police officers had been vetted and checked and that about 65,000 of those tested had failed the tests.
Moran complained that Coahuila's attempts to comply with the vetting process may have been responsible for the low number of guards on duty at the Piedras Negras prison when the jailbreak occurred.  Also  attributed to the cause of the low number,  is the recent  number of guards and officials were dismissed after failing background checks, he said.
 
“The prison break of the State penitentiary of Piedras Negras is deplorable.(The) Vulnerability of the state institutions of the states needs to be corrected”, Tweeted Felipe Calderon.
Mass prison breaks are not uncommon in Mexico; however Monday’s prison break is the largest since December 2010 in Nuevo Laredo when 141 inmates escaped from the penitentiary in the Tamaulipas city.

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 VIDEO HAS ESCAPE MAP AND MULTIPLE PHOTOS OF THE TUNNEL (AT THE END OF THE VID)
Sources used to write this post:Zocalo, Universal, Milenio, Proceso

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41 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

Puro bonito con porte de empresario se ve en esa foto... hay Mexico andamos mal

El Playboy said...

Bola de lacras y tacuaches ni madre valen

Anonymous said...

Way to go Mexico, once again you've proven to the world your corruptness and impotence!
MEXICO=FUCKING FAIL
Not even surprised at your bullshit anymore!
Z40 has 100 more soldiers now, that's just fucking great news for the Mexican people! That last sentence was sarcasm for you dumb fucks who couldn't tell.

Anonymous said...

Go to mundonarco.com theres a video z50 torturing a zeta from anaheim cali

Anonymous said...

how in the fuck do they expect 12 guards to guard 734 inmates??!!??? That is fucking ridiculous. The justice/prison system in Mexico is a joke, no wonder things are the way they are..............

Anonymous said...

12 guards? 12? Mexico really has to get itself together. How do you have a prison of 700+ with 12 guards?

Anonymous said...

Wow 12 guards for over 700 inmates....

Anonymous said...

Wow...shocking. what's new?

Anonymous said...

Thank God for the beautiful people in life because there sure are a lot of the other kind. I will use the mugshots to make targets for the shooting range. Soon enough we could be drawing our gunsights on these very same criminals. LOL!

Anonymous said...

wow....12 guards

Anonymous said...

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¿I supposed it never crossed their minds that they are on the wrong side of the fence, criminal, against their own country, against the citizens of Mexico, destroying families, making every suspicious of one another ("you don't know who you can trust!") thereby damaging human values that would normal make it possible to have a healthy society, are criminal thinking about these things? = TRAITORS!!
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In the not so far past I had suggested that criminal be sent to USA maximum security prisons while at the same time getting Mexico to foot the bill and in that plan of action WE WOULDN'T HAVE ANY MORE ESCAPEES which means SAVING MONEY BIG TIME because YOU DON'T HAVE TO CATCH THE SAME CRIMINAL$ A $ECOND TIME and they DON'T GET TO GET MORE MEXICANS!!

If Mexico is going to keep its own criminals in prison then it needs to find a way to track these criminal lost causes parasites should they manage to find a way to escape prison again. Should they be implanted with some kind of technological that makes it possible to find them again? What about putting a big enough tattoo somewhere on their face so that if they escape they'll be spotted as soon as they set foot in public!! LET'S TALK ABOUT THE TYPE TATTOO we would like to use! Let's generate some FUN ideas here and make something beneficial happen. It's time for a Tar & Feather job!

Cheerio folks,

Saludos

Anonymous said...

over 100 escaped every correction officer suffered from DONT SEE DONT HEAR DONT EVERYTHING SYNDROME CAN WE SPELL CORRUPTION TO HIGHEST LEVEL IN THE GOVT i cannot help but laugh at the excuses the gov gave lololololol

Anonymous said...

The death penalty for all criminal cartel scum bags would solve this and many, many, many other of Mexico's problems... Can someone please tell me why Mexico never seems to implement ANY solutions?

Anonymous said...

Good job Chivis.

12 guards to secure over 700 inmates in Piedras Negras is just incompetence at it's finest. Now how is Mexico gonna find all of these ecapees?

(AJ)

Anonymous said...

Treat them like a dog. Insert several micro chips like you do to your pets. As for a tat they would probably like it as it would associate them with something. Dam. Do I see the new third order.

Anonymous said...

The guards and officials who "released" these prisoners should be rounded up and be made to serve out the prisoner’s sentences. As it stands, they will go before a corrupted judge who in turn will free them or give them a very light sentence. In turn, a corrupted & lazy news media will perform little or no follow-up on the case to inform the citizens.

Murderers “released” (not escaped) to murder again and again...Farcical just farcical...

Anonymous said...

This crazy Mexico how the Fuck do 100+ inmates escape?? Add more filth to the streets

Anonymous said...

They wouldn't have this problem if they had used one bullet on each of them when they caught them. These bastards are like rabid dogs, you just have to put them down and throw their bodies in a ditch. Of course we know there's no common sense ever used in Mexico.

Anonymous said...

@6:54pm PURO ZETAZ 100%

Anonymous said...

.

Let's keep OUR calm and work on resolutions, ¿how about that OPTION?

This is OUR planet, how can we make this A Better HOME for us all? If most of us are Tame & Civilized how can we pass on our Calm & Kindness to those who have Lost Their Way?, how can we pass on 'OUR' Values onto those who we would often reject?, HOW can WE make This World 'a d.e.c.e.n.t FUTURE World' for ALL who will be born after we are gone? Tyrannical Resolutions will not make such a future possible. Let's think about these things after a good night's rest.

Wishing the best to all and to 'all' Borderland Beat Reporters.


mp.

Anonymous said...

When the humane society has to many stray dogs, and the dogs are agressive they put them down.. Mexican law, govermnet or politicians STOP BEEN SOME BIG O P****S and start the death penalty.. Cartels are killing each other , why not help out and kill some dirt bags yourself.. lethal injection or public hanging .. shit why not .. can't be any worst than what there Doug to each other already..

Anonymous said...

Los Zetas continue to be the most dynamic criminal organization in the Americas. How did this all happen? Where is God???

Anonymous said...

Seriously? Remember that outlook when your the victim.

Anonymous said...

Is anybody from here living in Mexico? Or have family there? Or any conection? Why the f..... you care so much? Is easy to talk shit behind a computer in a different country and be so brave about killing and al that bullshit. You just talk without any knowlege of the current situation. I bet a million dollars you wouldn't do shit if you were there.

Anonymous said...

How do u know he's from anaheim?? They look central american

Anonymous said...

Bitch i said who cares

Anonymous said...

GOD IS HERE!!! But so is the devil!! We are of flesh n bone..Its up To Us, we make the choice to either receive or deny him..That is the greatest battle going on my friend..Between Good and evil..and we know the outcome..Good wins!! Its Just a matter of picking sides and doing the Work!!
Ismael^

Anonymous said...

I just visited a blog site and it is said that the buggers made a First Class Exit: THEY WENT OUT THROUGH PENITENTIARY GATES!!

They probably took a few fotos of the gates as souvenir! (they had that much time to leave the place along with other souvenirs they ripped off from the pen!)

Cheerio!

Anonymous said...

MEXICO.. what a f'n joke!@

Anonymous said...

"This is OUR planet, how can we make this A Better HOME for us all"
I know you mean well,but,you say some of us have got problems?

Anonymous said...

Where is God???
C,mon man.God is in your minds eye.God is a man made conception,an abstract excuse for our behaviors and frailties.We are god.Anyway,so much for the Z having major problems?The main thing is,why have they done this right now?They have a pool of soldiers chilling out inside until they get the call,and then its on.Whatever that may be?Are they making a push on something or someone?Or just reinforcements for defense?Who knows?Whatever,if shit starts popping off we soon know why and where.
This shit is embarrassing for all concerned.

Anonymous said...

Hahaha border land beat is always the last to post on everything. Y'all suck!!!!

Anonymous said...

When will Mexico be saved from this terror? I understand a few cartels have to remain but when will there at least be control of the government? Isn't the new president suppose to be corrupt as well? Sucks! Mexico seems so nice.

Anonymous said...

we're all fighting again .... ha ha ha ha.

They ask Where is God? God is on vacation. Creating this world took a lot out of the him / her, or something like that ... ha ha ha ... hummm

I'm in a giddy mood again.

Sr. Scooter

Anonymous said...

The presidents before , and presidents after have all been crooks... Mexican citizen are not save from the government or the cartels... Y ahora quien podra ayudarnos!?? El chapulin colorado

Anonymous said...

Region carbonifera specialize in digging tunnels.

Anonymous said...

"Is anybody from here living in Mexico? Or have family there? Or any conection? Why the f..... you care so much"
Man,chill out.Just like you have an opinion if shit goes on in other parts of the world,we got opinions on shit too.Not just Mexico,but guess what?This blog is called BorderlandBeat?
Go figure what the subject matter is?
Take a wild guess?Borderland?and Beat?So chill out man,its nothing personal,honest it isn't.

Anonymous said...

looks like the my high school yearbook photos

there's fito, there's chevo, there's pato, theres quicos

Anonymous said...

2:22 PM
"looks like the my high school yearbook photos
there's fito, there's chevo, there's pato, theres quicos"
Fuckin tellin ye,funny shit that one man.

Anonymous said...

They escaped through the front door. The tunnel was just an excuse so the prison administrators wouldn't get blamed 100% for the escape. Most of them were recruited by Z's. Only a few escaped who weren't recruited

Anonymous said...

Have they been caught?? Any of them?

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