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Prison riot in Mexico involved leaders of the Zetas, Gulf cartels

February 12, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Prison riot in Mexico involved leaders of the Zetas, Gulf cartels

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An ongoing beef between rival drug cartels led to the deadliest prison riot in years at an overcrowded prison in northern Mexico Thursday, that left 52 inmates dead and 12 injured.

The riot, which occurred at the Topo Chico prison in Monterrey, started around midnight after inmates ignited fires to a storage area.

According to Nuevo Leon Gov. Jaime Rodriguez, the brawl involved the heads of rival cartels, one led by Juan Pedro Zaldivar Farias, alias “Z-27,” a member of the Los Zetas. The other is identified as Jorge Ivan Hernandez Cantu, who is a ranking figure of the Gulf cartel.

Los Zetas consisted of former commandos from the Mexican special forces who were recruited to become the paramilitary wing of the Gulf cartel led by former boss Osiel Guillen Cardenas.

The organizations have been at war ever since the Zetas decided to split from the Gulf cartel in 2010.

Zaldivar Farias is a suspect in the 2010 murder of U.S. citizen David Hartley, who was gunned down while he was jet-skiing with his wife on Falcon Lake, which sits on the Texas-Mexico border.

Rodriguez said no inmates escaped during the riot.

The deadly riot comes on the eve of Pope Francis’ visit to Mexico. The pontiff is scheduled to visit another prison next week in the border city of Ciudad Juarez.

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