Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

24 die in Durango in failed prison escape

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 |

SECOND UPDATE: The Durango State Secretaria de Seguridad Publica del Estado (SSPE) reports 24 total died in the prison escape attempt.  El Siglo de Durango news daily has a video.

By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

A total of 15 inmates and nine trustees were shot to death in a failed escape attempt in a prison in far eastern Durango state Tuesday, according to Mexican news and Twitter reports.

According to a news item posted on the website of Milenio news daily, the shooting and escape attempt took palce at the Centro de Readaptacion Social Number Two (CERESO) in Gomez Palacio, Durango at around 1700 hrs.

According to the news item, an alert was issued about a prison riot.  Gunfire was exchanged between criminal group and prison guards as inmates attempted to jump a back fence. Guards were fired on prompting return fire which killed nine prison trustees and 15 inmates.

A Mexican Army element was nearby which assisted in retaking control of the prison.

A dispatch which appeared on the website of Animal Politico Tuesday evening noted that the prison itself had been inspected by an unit of the Policia Federal as part of Laguna Seguro security operation, starting Sunday night and ending Monday morning. The raid found several contraband items including shanks cell phones and other items. The search was initiated at the request of Mexico's Comision Nacional Derechos Humanos (CNDH), or human rights commission.

Durango's CERESO Number Two was the prison where in 2010 prison officials colluded with inmates to stage armed attacks outside the prison on facilities operated by Los Zetas drug cartel.  Included in those attacks was the infamous attack on a party at Quinta Italia in Torreon in Coahuila just across the border with Durango, which killed 17 party goers.

The group  was also responsible for at least two other attacks in the La Laguna area which killed at last 16 individuals .

La Laguna encompasses Torreon, Coahuila, Gomez Palacio and Ciudad Lerdo in Durango. Laguna Seguro ended less than three weeks ago in the area, but Durango state has begun operating a separate security operation in Gomez Palacio, in cooperation with the Mexican Army, and now, apparently the Policia Federal, now a sub agency of the Mexican national Secretaria de Gobierno, or interior ministry.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com

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27 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

That's 17 less narcos out raping rampaging thieving and murdering. Viva la Mexico!

Anonymous said...

Good, kill all the worthless garbage!

Havana Pura said...

Hey Badanov-Sounds like some prison guards were on their toes and doing their jobs in Durango CERESO for once. Alright! So much better than hearing the typical, "some number escaped," like we so often have before ..Thanks for posting this.

Anonymous said...

Trustees are still inmates

Anonymous said...

Why do they even lock up zetas why dont they just kill them?

Anonymous said...

In other news, ALL CARTELS BETTER STOCK UP ON THEIR U.S. SEMI-AUTOMATIC WEAPONS BEFORE WE BAN THEM AGAIN.

IT'S COMING now that 20 six year olds are dead in CT. Even the Republicans are on board...

Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work chris job well done.

Anonymous said...

Trustees??
Hehe,didnt quite work out this time for the Zetas.
Im guessing it was them,they are the guys who do this kinda stuff,they dont give a fuck about anything.

Anonymous said...

@11:25pm because we are better then them

Anonymous said...

Good kill good kill. But their not going to stop until they try so pfp or ssp. Stay alert

Anonymous said...

17 down about 1 million to go! Great job!

Anonymous said...

Leyzola Police chief of Juarez comments! And this cancer is spreading across america. And the Feds want you to give up your guns and then only criminals will have guns.

It's difficult. Crime, at least in the two cities where I have been, is so rooted in society that criminals are a well-accepted part of it. Here in Juárez, I could tell you that 80 percent of families have somebody that is involved in crime.

Q. Eighty percent?

A. It is really rooted in society. Delinquents are so prosperous that they have their own language, religion, music. They have become urban heroes, with money, pretty women, vehicles, properties. They are role models and people admire them. So when I try to combat them legally, I become the Antichrist because I'm fighting those delinquents. It is like when you are fighting a cancerous tumor that needs to be removed; it is going to be painful and your body will fight it.

Anonymous said...

A huge front in the drug war the Mexican Govt is losing on, is the Prison System. What's the point of catching bad guys if they will just escape? This is a good sign, prisons should be heavily secured. Once somebody goes up in that muthafucka, they don't get out till they're sentence is up or they die. This would help the country greatly. Reform and an upgrade of the prison system should be a priority for the new
Pena Nieto administration.

Anonymous said...

You must be a chapo nut hugger...well...this time it wasnt the zetas.it was cds that got killed.chapo just conti ues to lose back up.check out what happened in guadalupe y calvo,in chihuahua...that's a strong hold of cds and look how the other group just goes in there and kills chapos people.

Anonymous said...

Plan of the new world order ban guns = no resistence

Anonymous said...

Funny how la Policia Federal was there a couple of days earlier, they must be incompetent if they couldn't find those weapons or maybe they supplied them. Seems really fishy and I wouldn't trust the PF at all with all their backhand deals.

Anonymous said...

Arriba durango jajayyyy

Anonymous said...

Should've cleaned house

Anonymous said...

For everyone that advocates gun control ask Mexico how well it is working out.

Anonymous said...

that was a perfect opportunity to kill everyone in the prison....why did they let it slip away??

Anonymous said...

"For everyone that advocates gun control ask Mexico how well it is working out."

For everyone against gun control, ask the USA how that's working out.

Anonymous said...

"In other news, ALL CARTELS BETTER STOCK UP ON THEIR U.S. SEMI-AUTOMATIC WEAPONS BEFORE WE BAN THEM AGAIN.

IT'S COMING now that 20 six year olds are dead in CT. Even the Republicans are on board..."

Uhhhh... there will be no ban on semi-autos. The vast majority of all handguns and rifles are semi-automatic. That means it shoots one time per pull of the trigger.

Anonymous said...

@8:15am what even the ones just in for driving infringements?????....??

Anonymous said...

Lmfao raping haha fauken narcos lol

Anonymous said...

"For everyone that advocates gun control ask Mexico how well it is working out."

This is an idiotic statement that oversimplifies the issue. EVERY major western nation has a measure of gun control and the rates of gun crime/deaths are dramatically lower that the US per capita. To say it doesn't work just does not explain the experiences of Canada, UK, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Japan, Belgium etc.

Comparing the US to Mexico is not rational. Here we have a system of law, oversight of police, politicians and judiciary to prevent corruption. Mexico is a developing nation with an endemic system of corruption up to the highest levels of the country.

The failure of gun control in Mexico is deeply rooted in the corrupt institutions, and the failure of law and its enforcement.

The US should really look to Canada and Europe to truly compare.

Anonymous said...

The weapons being used today are not semi autos coming from the USA. the cartels have moved on to full autos coming from the Arab spring's around the Middle East .

Anonymous said...

gretest plan orchestraded, in fact there was a getaway van and cars , mixed beetween innmates, with the uniforms they had, just like chapo did back in the day, dress as a guard

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