A total of five prison inmates died Sunday in a Nuevo Laredo prison, according to Mexican government news releases and press accounts.
The Centro de Ejecucion de Sancciones (CEDES) in Nuevo Laredo was the scene where a brawl erupted among inmates using handmade knives Sunday afternoon.
The dead were identified as Alejandro Flores Charles, José Torres Garcia, Gerardo Javier Colunga Padron and José Juan Antonio Carvajal. News accounts say three inmates had claimed alleged responsibility for the deaths. They were identified as Pablo Zamarripa Guerrero, Oscar Velez Andrade and José Angel Vazquez Presa.
The four victims had entered the prison only one day before they were killed.
A second incident at the prison involved a female inmate identified as Adriana Yacare del Toro Lopez, 23. Toro Lopez was found hanged in her cell Sunday afternoon. She had entered the prison only one day before her death.
The CEDES in Nuevo Laredo has seen a large increase in the number of prison inmates as prisoners from two separate prisons in Tamaulipas state were closed and heir inmates transferred to the Nuevo Laredo CEDES.
March 9th the CEDES in Ciudad Mante was closed with its 179 prisoners moved to the CEDES in Nuevo Laredo late last week, while the CEDES in Miguel Aleman was closed just a few days before.
The Miguel Aleman prison was closed only days following a mass prison break where armed suspects forced the release of 12 inmates at gunpoint.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com