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Ten ‘highly dangerous’ Los Sureños gang members escape Mexican prison in Cancun

July 16, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Ten ‘highly dangerous’ Los Sureños gang members escape Mexican prison in Cancun

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In the latest jailbreak to hit Mexico’s scandal-plagued prison system, ten highly dangerous gang members escaped from a penitentiary in the beach resort city of Cancun in the state of Yucatan late Tuesday by scaling the prison wall.

According to the AFP News Agency, the inmates attacked a guard, then climbed over the wall and at least three of the prisoners hailed a taxi, THEN changed their clothes, before fleeing the scene.

Governor Roberto Borge said in a statement, “Personnel from all of the security agencies of the state are conducting an intense and broad operation to catch the prisoners.”

According to a state government spokesman, the jailbreak occurred around 9:10 pm.

Officials confirmed all ten prisoners are Los Sureños gang members linked to the Zetas drug cartel and some of the inmates are considered “highly dangerous.”

They are identified as: Francisco Javier Ayona Gonzáles, alias ‘Bembas’; Marco Antonio Noyola, alias ‘CDG’; Juan Pablo Morales Lópe, Javier López, alias ‘Javi’; Edgar Laureano Gallardo, alias ‘Crimen.’ Along with Miguel Hidalgo Polanco, alias ‘Alvin’;; Víctor Reynaldo Vázquez Mora, alias ‘Chupón’;  Jorge Armando, alias ‘El Manzano’; Jesús Laureano Corteza Cautiño, alias ‘Chicanito’;Luis Fernando Licarde Quiroga. and Jonatan Michel Ramírez Sánchez, alias ‘Maikol’;

Investigators also suspect the inmates may have had inside help from prison staff.

Just days earlier, two other prison inmates escaped from the same facility, which authorities hadn’t disclosed until Wednesday.

Additionally, officials were forced to concede that the detention center failed to meet the required security requirements of a state penitentiary.

Police increased security around the prison as well as on highways, bus stops and at taxi stands.

Cancun has largely been spared from the drug cartel violence that has Engulfed other parts of the country.

Prisons in Mexico are considered very violent,  overcrowded, and are often controlled and self-governed by the cartels.

Prosecutors in the state of Coahuila have said that between 2009 and 2012, members of Los Zetas controlled a prison in Piedras Negras with such impunity, they allegedly transformed the facility, as their private house of horrors where they tortured and killed victims, then disposed of their remains by incinerating the bodies. 

The most famous escape was perpetrated last July by cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who broke out of the country’s top security prison near Mexico City in July 2015 through a 1.5-km tunnel built by his henchmen.

He was recaptured in January.

Guzman previously escaped from another prison in 2001, reportedly by hiding in a laundry cart.

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