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CIUDAD JUAREZ, Chihuahua - . The government of President Enrique Peña Nieto had the first escape from a federal maximum security prison since Joaquin "El Chapo " Guzman escaped from Puente Grande, Jalisco, on January 19, 2001, after two inmates escaped from Cefereso No. 9 in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, one of the most heavily watched under the past Government of Felipe Calderon.
The Attorney General's Office opened an investigation, which will try to clarify whether the escape of the alleged sicarios of "La Linea" (armed wing of the Juarez Cartel), which took place this past Friday night , stemmed from either an act of corruption or incompetence by public servants assigned to the Administrative Office for Prevention and Social Rehabilitation and the National Safety Commission.
Authorities said there were five inmates who tried to escape, but only Alvaro Eguiarte Silva and Victor Alejandro Sánchez Garcia managed to do it, after allegedly jumping over the five meter high perimeter fence using a rope, at least according to initial investigations .
The remaining three were recaptured by the security personnel and of the State Attorney General and not by federal guards. However, other versions noted that it was a mass escape attempt in which 20 prisoners participated.
Official reports obtained by Millennium reveal that the Federal Center for Social Rehabilitation No. 9 had at the start of the current administration 450 security cameras to monitor all "sensitive areas " of the prison (which has the capacity to hold 1200 inmates), the prison holds highly dangerous prisoners, mainly members of the Sinaloa and Juarez Cartels.
In May 2011, the federal government took over the prison through an agreement with the government of Chihuahua , which administered it until then.
According to reports, during the previous administration the prison was one of the most guarded using high-tech equipment and 600 guards ready to contain any emergency that could be caused by the highly dangerous inmates, most incarcerated in the period of the greatest violence in Ciudad Juarez.
According to the National Security Council (CNS ), the escape occurred at about 21:30 pm on Friday , when five inmates (who were just admitted last January, and sentenced for carrying firearms, cartridges and grenades ) "hid in the bathroom."
After that, they supposedly "evaded" the security systems of the Cefereso and arrived to the perimeter fence by the Tower number 8 where "they formed a human pyramid" in order to climb the fence.
Using hooks and a rope made of fabric they made it through to the other side , where the state government is building a Productive Social Rehabilitation Center, there, state guards surprised them and fired shots to the air in order to alert the federal personnel.
PGR officials commented that a preliminary investigation was initiated, while the National Security Commission carries out an internal investigation to determine what happened.
The authorities consulted said they don´t rule out corruption as a possible line of investigation, "looking at the level of security that was on site , it is unlikely that the inmates have evaded all surveillance systems."
During the last administration , the Cefereso No. 9 had 450 security cameras operating 24 hours , seven days a week.
It was a system that was used to monitor the prison "online" or "in real time ", as it was directly connected to the Command Center and Plataforma Mexico.
Currently the Administrative Office for Prevention and Social Rehabilitation- responsible for the federal prison system- is in charge of Commissioner Jose Luis Musi Nahmias .
The escape of the two alleged hit men of "La Linea" broke the zero escapes record from federal social rehabilitation centers (Tijuano: Not sure about this fact) .