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Complaints by jailed Mexican drug lords over prison junk food prices prompts investigation

April 3, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Complaints by jailed Mexican drug lords over prison junk food prices prompts investigation

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Some of the most infamous Mexican drug lords who were annoyed by a price increase on junk food inside federal prisons managed to gain an ally in Mexico’s consumer protection agency on Wednesday.

The federal prosecutor for the consumer protection agency indicated that inmates shouldn’t be ripped off and should be able to purchase products at the same price they are sold at in the regular market.

According to the Mexican newspaper, Reforma, some of most notorious Mexican drug lords, including the former boss of the Juarez Cartel Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, Jesús Méndez Vargas, “El Chango Méndez” boss of La Familia Michoacana, Martín Arzola Ortega, “El 53”, leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), and Vicente Carrillo Leyva, “El Ingeniero,” the son of Amado Carrillo Fuentes, “The Lord of the Skies”; were among 70 signatories of a complaint directed at the consumer agency.

The agency later announced on Wednesday that it had launched an investigation into the complaint.

The prisoners charged that prices had increased 20% since prison commissaries were revamped in October, raising the price of a bag of Cheetos from $2.35 to $3.30.

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