MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexican authorities on Monday raised the demise toll to 17 in an assault on a state jail in Ciudad Juarez on the border with El Paso, Texas, in a brazen operation apparently designed to free an area gang chief.
Because of the assault, 25 prisoners escaped.
Safety Secretary Rosa Isela Rodríguez mentioned 10 of the lifeless have been jail guards who have been attacked by gunmen who arrived early Sunday morning in armored automobiles and opened fireplace on the entrance and contained in the dormitories.
Rodriguez found that the escaped prisoners have been with the Mexicles gang, which he linked to the Caborca Cartel. He mentioned the Mexican chief was among the many fugitives. The Mexicans have been one of many most important gangs in Juarez for many years and have been identified to work with the Sinaloa cartel for a few years.
The Caborca cartel was led by drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, who was arrested once more in July.
Protection Secretary Luis Cresencio Sandoval mentioned troopers and state police who re-established management of the jail discovered 10 “VIP” cells geared up with televisions and different facilities. One even had a vault stuffed with cash.
Authorities additionally discovered cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl and marijuana contained in the jail.
Sandoval mentioned two different gunmen killed after attacking native police shortly earlier than the assault on the jail could have been sabotage. They weren’t among the many 17 lifeless, which included 10 guards and 7 prisoners.
In August, a riot inside the identical state jail spilled onto the streets of Juárez, with violence that left 11 lifeless.
In that case, two inmates have been killed contained in the jail, after which suspected gang members started shelling the city, together with killing 4 radio station staff who have been selling the restaurant.
Violence is frequent in Mexican prisons, together with some the place authorities keep solely nominal management. There are common clashes between inmates from rival gangs, who in locations like Juárez function proxies for drug cartels.