Mexico Prison Party Video Illustrates Lack of Control in Penitentiaries

5/10/2017 InSight Crime

San-Quentin-Prison-5A recently-released video recorded in a maximum-security prison in Mexico shows inmates throwing a party, serving as a reminder of the authority wielded by criminal groups in the country’s penitentiaries.

Mexican daily Milenio obtained a video of a party held in the maximum security prison of Puente Grande, in the state of Jalisco. The party was allegedly thrown by José Luis Gutiérrez Valencia, better known as “Don Chelo.”

Don Chelo was arrested in January 2010 in Puerto Vallarta. At the time, authorities believed he was a member of the Sinaloa Cartel. But today, Don Chelo is suspected to control the Puente Grande penitentiary on behalf of the Jalisco Cartel – New Generation (Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación – CJNG).

His daughter is the romantic partner of Rubén Oseguera, alias “El Menchito,” the son of CJNG founder and leader Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, alias “El Mencho.”

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