132 inmates escape from Mexican jail: Not a record in Mexico
But that is exactly what happened on Monday in Mexico’s Coahuila State, at a penitentiary that is just a few miles from the Texas border.
In a press conference on Monday evening, the state’s chief prosecutor told journalists that prisoners at the El Cerezo jail in Piedras Negras walked to freedom through a tunnel that led to the prison’s watchtower. Then, they cut the barbed wire that separated them from the outside world, as some prisoners restrained two guards and a prison manager.
Overcrowded jails and corruptable wardens make jailbreaks frequent in Mexico. And while it is rather scandalous, this latest incident in Piedras Negras fails to break the record for a Mexican jailbreak. That grizzly recognition goes to the border town of Nuevo Laredo, where 141 prisoners escaped from the local prison in broad daylight in December 2010.
Piedras Negras is located across the Rio Grande from Eagle Pass, Texas. The Mexican military has set up several checkpoints in the area and is offering a $15,000 reward to anyone who provides information leading to the fugitive criminals. Mexican police suspect that some of the criminals could have crossed the border in their effort to flee Mexican authorities.
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