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Authorities in Mexico discover luxury cells used by cartel leaders at the same prison where riot killed 49 people

February 16, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Authorities in Mexico discover luxury cells used by cartel leaders at the same prison where riot killed 49 people

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Authorities in Mexico have discovered “luxury prison cells” used by top-ranking narcos fitted with portable saunas, a full bar and even aquariums during a search at the Topo Chico Prison Monterrey, the sight of last week’s deadly battle between rival drug cartels that led to the deaths of 49 people.

Initially, officials listed the death toll at 52. However, that number, has since been revised.

Chief prosecutor Roberto Flores from the Nuevo Leon Attorney General’s Office said officials found in the jail cell of ruthless Zetas boss Ivan Hernandez Cantu, alias “El Credo,” a large flat-screen television, his own spacious bath and a king-sized bed.

“When attack took place, he had even a lady with him,” Flores said.

In a released statement, government officials said a number of “luxury” cells, occupied by drug kingpins, were furnished with mini-fridges, digital televisions, aquariums, air conditioners, and portable saunas.

“The time of criminal leaders self governing themselves behind bars has come to an end in the Topo Chico jail,” Flores declared

The fallout stemming from last Thursday’s prison riot and Flores’ admission highlights the rampant corruption, overcrowding, deplorable living conditions and the allowance of self-government by leaders of organized crime groups which currently plagues Mexico’s penitentiary system.

Images provided by the Government of Monterrey shows a burn mark in the Topo Chico Prison in Monterrey, Mexico, 14 Feb. 2016. | Photo: EFE

Images provided by the Government of Monterrey shows a burn mark in the Topo Chico Prison in Monterrey, Mexico, 14 Feb. 2016. | Photo: EFE

Federal police placed the director of the prison Gregoria Salazar Robles along with along with her deputy Jesus Fernando Dominguez Jaramillo on charges including abuse of authority.

Federal police also placed a prison guard under arrest for the shooting death of an inmate during the massacre.

Authorities closed a total of 280 inmate-run food stalls, a full bar and hundreds of altars dedicated to the “Saint” of Death” known as Santa Muerte, who is worshiped by criminals and millions Mexican citizens alike.

The riot stemmed from a jailhouse brawl between Hernandez and Juan Pedro Saldivar Farias, alias “Z-27,” both men lead a faction of the Zetas organization.

The men reportedly fought for control of the prison; all of the victims were either stabbed to death with knives, makeshift swords or bludgeoned to death with homemade clubs.

At the time the riot erupted the prison population stood at 3,800, which is 35 percent above the capacity listed at the detention center.

The Topo Chico prison held numerous drug cartel members and violent offenders awaiting trial.

The Nuevo Leon government have since transferred 233 of the prisoners to other jails, including both Zetas leaders.

A top Zetas boss was also recently stabbed to death at the Topo Chico facility back in Setpember.

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