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Bad guys spring 12 from prison in Tamaulipas, SEDENA seizes cocaine
2013-02-27

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By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

A total of 12 inmates escaped from a prison facility in Tamaulipas state Tuesday, according to Mexican and official news accounts.

A news report posted on the Animal Politico news website said that armed suspects entered a Centro de Ejecucion de Sanciones (CEDES) prison in Miguel Aleman and released 12 inmates early Tuesday morning.

A total of 15 armed suspects arrived at the prison aboard several vehicles, dismounted and disarmed prison officials, taking keys to the cells. Apparently no shots were fired and no one was wounded in the escape.

The Los Zetas drug gang are known to stage mass prison escapes, the largest to date being the December 2010 escape from the Nuevo Laredo CEDES in which 151 inmates were let out and escaped aboard buses awaiting them.

A smaller but far more significant escape was last September in the Piedras Negras Centro de Readaptacion Social (CERESO) in Coahulla where 131 inmates escaped, nearly all of them said to be members of Los Zetas. This escape is significant because of the security headaches of releasing so many criminals into an area to continue their activities. It has been reported in Mexican and English language press that the Piedras Negras prison escape was facilitated to "replenish" gang membership on the area.

The escaped inmates in Tuesday's prison break in Miguel Aleman were identified as Horacio Puente Alfaro (homicide), Daniel Alberto Solis Trejo (homicide), Enrique de la Peña Saenz, Alberto Campos Gordillo, José Ramirez del Angel, Jaime Rodriguez Hernandez, Patricio Gerardo Alvarez Sanchez, Víctor Hugo Alonso Alvarado, Miguel Angel Gonzalez Malpica, Rodolfo Lopez Cortes, Juan Carlos Coronado Vazquez and Mario Esteban Urbano Vazquez.

Meanwhile, in other drug war news further south in Cruillas municipality, a Mexican Army unit manning a checkpoint seized a total of 27 kilograms of cocaine. Cruillas is about 30 kilometers west of San Fernando municipality.

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
Posted by:badanov

#2  Not Zetas. That is Gulf Cartel territory. If these "inmates" were sprung from the jail - it just means they are needed for a job on the outside. Watch for follow-up cartel violence.
Posted by: Raider   2013-02-27 21:26  

#1  "Escape" is no longer necessary in the US. Champ will simply let you following a short stay. Enjoy the shower, free chow, and warm bunk!
Posted by: Besoeker   2013-02-27 06:25  

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