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Prison riot once again erupts at Topo Chico Prison in Nuevo Leon

October 16, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Prison riot once again erupts at Topo Chico Prison in Nuevo Leon

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Violence erupted in the Topo Chico prison in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, when inmates linked to the Los Zetas drug cartel began to battle for control inside. The uproar prompted a massive police deployment to guard the compound that killed one prisoner and left at least six others seriously injured.

The violent disturbance was reported just minutes before Jaime Rodriguez Calderon, the governor or Nuevo León, gave his First State Address before the state’s Congress. Due to the irate violence at the  prison, top security officials were forced to leave the governor’s event, according to Breitbart Texas.

Dozens of family members raced to the jail to obtain information about the safety of their loved ones. Since the new governor of Nuevo Leon assumed his position, Topo Chico Prison has seen four comparable occurrences.

The brutality inside the prison occurred just days after the apprehension of various associates of the Cartel Del Noreste (CDN), a division of the Los Zetas cartel. So far in 2016, the cartel has seen a peak in violence tied to fighting among rival groups inside the prison. The bulk of Topo Chico’s prisoners have associations with Zetas.

Back in February,  a violent brawl between competing factions of the Los Zetas in the same penitentiary resulted in a riot that left 49 people dead.

It is unclear if the timing of the riot is considered a statement from organized criminal groups against law enforcement–or if it could also be in response to the recent sweeps targeting the cartel in Nuevo León.

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