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Mexican authorities dismiss eleven prison officials after five top ranking cartel members escape from Culiacan detention center

March 19, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican authorities dismiss eleven prison officials after five top ranking cartel members escape from Culiacan detention center

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Mexican law enforcement officials announced the dismissal of eleven prison officials after five of the most wanted drug traffickers managed to escape from a penal facility in Culiacan, Sinaloa earlier this week.

In a statement, State Public Security Secretary Genaro Robles Casillas announced the dismissal of the director of the Aguaruto Penitentiary Center in Culiacan, along with ten other officials within the prison chain of command, after five ranking members of the Sinaloa Cartel escaped on Thursday.

Casillas said an internal investigation determined that there was complicity between inmates and prison guards, which led to the dismissal of the officials, El Debate reported.

“This government does not tolerate acts constituting a crime or those who assume the sole suspicion of corruption. All are subject to investigation and prosecution,” Casillas said.

Additionally, Casillas reported that the prison infrastructure made it easier for inmates to escape because the facility lacked sufficient security to house the high-risk inmates.

José Esparragoza Monzón, “El Negro” was among five inmates who escaped a Mexican prison on Thursday

The five prisoners who escaped all remained on the Mexican government’s list of 122 top security objectives including José Esparragoza Monzón “El Negro” a key financial operator and son of Juan Esparragoza Moreno, El Azul,” one of the founders of the Sinaloa Cartel.

Authorities arrested Monzón in January and he was awaiting extradition to the United States where he is wanted in Texas and California for a pair of drug trafficking and money laundering indictments.

In addition to Esparragoza Monzón, the other prisoners who escaped from the detention center include Jesus Peña, “El Veinte,” a key operator of Sinaloa Cartel boss Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada.

Jesús Peña and Rafael Felix are both lieutenants of Sinaloa Cartel boss Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada

-Rafael Guadalupe Félix Núñez, “El Changuito Anthrax” leader of the squad of assassins known as Los Anthrax; who is also wanted for extradition to the United States.

-Alfonso Limón, “El Chuba,” a top collaborator of Joaquin El Chapo Guzmán, who remains imprisoned in the United States awaiting trial on a 17-count drug trafficking indictment.

– And Francisco Javier Zazueta Rosales, “El Chimal,” the head of assassins of Ivan Archivaldo Guzman, the son of “El Chapo.”

Alfonso Limón, a top collaborator of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and Francisco Zazueta, the head of assassins for Ivan Archivaldo Guzman, escaped from a Culiacan Prison on Thursday

Authorities accuse Rosales of coordinating the Sept 2016 deadly ambush attack on a Mexican military convoy in Culiacan, which killed five soldiers.

Furthermore, Casillas confirmed he had requested a transfer of the five inmates to a maximum security prison but indicated that the prisoners had received protection from a federal judiciary official.

According to information obtained by Riodoce, a federal judge had previously granted an Amparo appeal to Juan José Esparragoza Monzón, which prevented him, along with the other inmates who escaped the Culiacan facility, from being transferred to a maximum security prison.

“That’s why the prisoners were here because a federal judge protected them,” the official said.

The Security Secretary said an intense search operation by Mexican authorities remains ongoing to locate the whereabouts and apprehend all five fugitives.

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