By Chris Covert
A total of 12 inmates escaped from a prison facility in Tamaulipas state Tuesday, according to Mexican and official news accounts.
A news report posted on the website of Animal Politico news website said that armed suspects entered a Centro de Ejecucion de Sanciones (CEDES) prison in Miguel Aleman and released 12 inmates early tuesday morning.
A total of 15 armed suspects arrived at the prison aboard several vehicles, dismounted and disarmed prison officials, taking keys to the cells. Apparently no shots were fired and no one was wounded in the escape.
The Los Zetas drug gang are known to stage mass prison escapes, the largest to date being eh December 2010 mass escape from the Nuevo Laredo CEDES in which 151 inmates were let out and escaped aboard buses awaiting them.
Another smaller but far more significant escape was last September in the Piedras Negras Centro de Readaptacion Social (CERESO) in Coahulla where 131 inmates escaped, nearlty all of them said to be members of Los Zetas. This escape is significant becasue of the security headaches of releasing so many criminals into an area to continue their activities. It has been reported in Mexican and English language press that the Piedras Negras prison escape was facilitated to "replenish" gang membership on the area.
The escaped inmates in Tuesday's prison break in Miguel Aleman were identified as Horacio Puente Alfaro (homicide), Daniel Alberto Solis Trejo (homicide), Enrique de la Peña Saenz, Alberto Campos Gordillo, José Ramirez del Angel, Jaime Rodriguez Hernandez, Patricio Gerardo Alvarez Sanchez, Víctor Hugo Alonso Alvarado, Miguel Angel Gonzalez Malpica, Rodolfo Lopez Cortes, Juan Carlos Coronado Vazquez and Mario Esteban Urbano Vazquez.
Meanwhile, in other drug war news further south in Cruillas municipality, a Mexican Army unit manning a checkpoint seized a total of 27 kilograms of cocaine. Cruillas is about 30 kilometers west of San Fernando municipality.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com