1. Drug War

    Mexico Prison Riot Cover for Escape

    Image #: 16990403    epa03114231 A handout composite picture provided on 20 February 2012 by Government of Nuevo Leon shows the portraits of 30 prisoners, who escaped from Apodaca jail, in Mexican state of Nuevo Leon. At least 30 inmates escaped from the jail in the northern Mexican town of Apodaca during the fight that claimed 44 lives, the authorities said 20 February. 'Amid the fight and the mess caused inside the prison a group of inmates managed to escape the jail. Of these inmates, 25 were federal and five were common prisoners,' Nuevo Leon state Governor Rodrigo Medina told a press conference. Forty-four inmates died at the Apodaca jail 19 February, in a clash between members of the Gulf cartel and the gang Los Zetas that were held at the facility. Medina said events happened "with the connivance of some penitentiary authorities" and noted that several officials including the jail director, his deputy, the head of security and 18 guards were removed from their jobs and are to be investigated.  EPA/GOVERNMENT OF NUEVO LEON /LANDOV

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    The deadly riot at Mexico’s Apodaca prison was cover for the escape of 30 members of the notorious Zeta drug cartel. The riot left 44 inmates dead. “Without a doubt there was premeditation," said Gov. Rodrigo Medina. Medina said all the dead prisoners were members of the rival Gulf cartel. Four top prison officials and the 18 guards on duty have been fired and are being investigated for complicity in the massacre. Many of Mexico’s prisons are run by drug cartels. Two years ago, officials at a Durango prison were arrested for giving guns and cars to inmates who were allowed out every night to kill their Zeta rivals. Mexico is offering an $800,000 reward for information about the most recent escapees.

    Read it at The Wall Street Journal