Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Prison guards held over mass escape

Federal police stand guard outside the prison in Piedras Negras, Mexico, where dozens of prisoners escapaed from

A Mexican judge has ordered the detention of 16 officials and guards at a prison near the US border where the brutal Zetas drug cartel orchestrated a mass escape of 131 inmates.

The judge ruled the prison director, two top aides and 13 other prison employees be held for 40 days under a form of house arrest pending possible charges.

He said there is credible evidence prison employees aided the escape.

Jorge Luis Moran, public safety secretary for the northern border state of Coahuila, told the Milenio television news channel that authorities had determined that not all the escapees got away through the tunnel. Some left through the main door, he said.

Authorities captured one of the inmates who fled, identified as Pablo Sanchez Campos, who was in prison on a car-theft charge.

Investigators were questioning him about how one-fifth of the prison population was able to escape.

Two escapees were detained following a shoot-out with police.

The federal police, army and navy were mounting a wide search in the northern Mexico region for the missing inmates.

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