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Inside the luxurious Mexican prison which housed the recently escaped Sinaloa Cartel capos

March 20, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Inside the luxurious Mexican prison which housed the recently escaped Sinaloa Cartel capos

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Images obtained by a Mexican media outlet reveals the special privileges and luxuries five high-ranking members of the Sinaloa Cartel enjoyed at the detention center in Culiacan before escaping last week.

According to El Universal, the fugitive inmates, identified as five of the most dangerous criminals in Mexico enjoyed luxuries during their time behind bars such as access to drugs, women, cell phones, and plasma televisions in their spacious cells.

The images suggest incarceration made no difference to the cartel capos, who continued to operate their criminal activities from behind bars with impunity and is widely viewed as the latest embarrassment for the Mexican government, which has struggled to deal with systemic corruption within its prison system.

As JammedUp News first reported, Mexican authorities initiated a major investigation into allegations of widespread corruption following last week’s escape of five of Mexico’s most notorious cartel operators who were housed at the Aguaruto prison in Culiacan.

The images of the spacious cells fitted with plasma T.V.s at a Mexican prison where five members of the Sinaloa Cartel escaped from last week

Among the fugitives to escape includes Juan José Esparragoza Monzon, a key financial operator, and the son of Juan José Esparragoza Moreno alias ‘El Azul’ one of the leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel, who remains one of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s most wanted list.

Monzon, who was captured during an operation in Culiacan on January 19th was awaiting extradition to the U.S. where he is wanted for drug trafficking indictments in Texas and California.

The other fugitives to escape include two top lieutenants of Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada, boss of the Sinaloa Cartel,  Jesús Peña González, “El 20”; Rafael Guadalupe Félix Núñez, “El Changuito Anthrax” leader of a ruthless assassins group known as Los Anthrax.

The images were published by Mexico’s El Universal

The escaped inmates had privileges and special treatments such as spacious rooms and access to drugs women and cell phones

Felix Nuñez, like Monzon, was also fighting extradition to the United States when he and his cohorts escaped the prison.

Another escaped fugitive is  Francisco Javier Zazueta Rosales, “El Pancho Chimal” who is identified as the top hitman for Ivan Archivaldo Guzman, son of the recently extradited Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman.

Mexican authorities have identified Rosales as the person responsible for orchestrating the Sept 2016 deadly attack on a military convoy, which killed five soldiers in Culiacan.

In addition to ‘El Pancho Chimal,’ Alfonso Limón Sánchez, ‘El Limón’ a close collaborator of ‘El Chapo’ was also among the inmates who escaped last week.

Images captured by surveillance cameras show prostitutes allowed at the prison for the notorious drug traffickers pf the Sinaloa Cartel.

Authorities initially dismissed eleven prison officials from their posts, who face possible prosecution in connection with the jailbreak. However, that number has since increased to fifteen officials including the prison director himself.

The images obtained by El Universal from video surveillance cameras shows the inmates using mobile phones freely, which is a violation at the facility and conducting drug deals with impunity.

Other images show the prisoners consuming cocaine and guards admitting prostitutes into the prison.

The inmates carried cell phones freely and used the devices to allegedly conduct drug deals at the facility in Culiacan

The cartel operators had free reign amid rampant corruption in the prison. One is seen here talking to cohorts on the outside using a two-way radio.

Cristóbal Castañeda Camarillo, the undersecretary of Public Security, said that the concessions enjoyed by Esparragoza Monzón and his cohorts until last Thursday had already been communicated to the federal government.

However, a request to move the highly dangerous inmates was stopped after a series of Amparo appeals was granted by a federal judge preventing their transfer to a federal maximum security prison.

The prison houses over 2,400 inmates, 500 of which face federal charges and 98 are considered high-risk, prompting state officials to repeatedly raise the urgency of transferring the prisoners to federal facilities to thwart possible escape attempts and to prevent contact with inmates incarcerated for common crimes.

Data obtained by the Mexican news publication indicates the prison has been linked to organized crime groups, whose premises is total control of the detention center.

“We have struggled to stop such things from happening, we continue to work, but it is a reality, there are some aspects that we are checking with the federal government to lend more support so that the prisoners are where they should be,” Castañeda Camarillo said.

The official also revealed that three of the escaped inmates had been moved to a penitentiary in Los Mochis, Sinaloa a month earlier after receiving intelligence of a possible prison escape plot, but were later returned after prison authorities failed to obtain permission for the transfer from federal officials.

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