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14 inmates still at large after mass tunnel escape in northern Mexico

March 28, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
14 inmates still at large after mass tunnel escape in northern Mexico

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Two more of the 29 inmates who performed a brazen prison escape in northern Mexico last week were apprehended on Sunday, according to the Public Security Office of Tamaulipas, and officials are on the hunt for the 14 men still on the lam.

A total of 15 inmates had been detained since they escaped through a tunnel that led out of a prison in Ciudad Victoria, Fox News reported.

Authorities in northern Mexico indicated that 10 of the 14 prisoners at large were imprisoned for street offenses and the other four are members of organized crime networks.

Ciudad Victoria has been controlled for years by the Los Zetas drug cartel. However, the Tamaulipas state capital has remained ground zero for a brutal war following a split within the Zetas criminal organization.

The opening of the tunnel was concealed in a hut that the prisoners had illegally put together in a part of the prison they have control over, the Tamaulipas state security spokesman Luis Alberto Rodriguez reported.

The tunnel, which was 5 yards deep and 40 yards long, has since been destroyed.

The escape of so many inmates comes only two years after the notorious prison break of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who broke free twice from maximum-security prisons, the second time occurred through a mile-long tunnel which opened into the shower in his jail cell.

The escape was extremely embarrassing for the government of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, and Mexican authorities were viewed as eager to hand the issue off to the U.S. afterward.

Guzman was extradited to the U.S. in January, where he awaits his upcoming trial in Brooklyn Federal Court for a 17-count indictment accusing ‘El Chapo’ of leading a transnational criminal enterprise, known as the Sinaloa Federation Cartel.

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