Mexico Coahuila inmates fled ‘via front door, not tunnel’

BBC News, 9/21/12

The 131 Mexican inmates who fled jail this week escaped through the front door, not a tunnel as was previously reported, local officials say.

The officials in Coahuila state, near the US border, said guards and a drug cartel had helped the inmates.

The prison’s director and other officials in the city of Piedras Negras have now been detained.

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132 inmates escape Mexican prison on U.S. border

CNN, 9/18/2012

Mexican authorities have detained a prison director and two other prison officials after 132 inmates escaped from the facility Monday, officials said.

The attorney general for Coahuila state had asked a judge to detain the three prison leaders for 30 days while an investigation into the escape from the border city of Piedras Negras began.

Piedras Negras is across the border from Eagle Pass, Texas, and about 150 miles from San Antonio.

The inmates escaped one by one from what’s known as a social rehabilitation center, a minimum-security facility, by using a 7-foot-long tunnel, according to a statement from the state attorney general. The escapees then cut through a chain-link fence and ran through an empty lot.

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Mexican Navy seizes apocryphal uniforms [In Spanish]

Reforma, 5/24/2012

The Mexican Navy found a workshop in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, where apocryphal Marine uniforms were being tailored, informed the Navy Secretary.

The report indicates that the seizure occurred on Monday at the Colonia FSTSE, thanks to a citizen report.

Inside the workshop the Navy found 225 vests, 170 camouflage shirts, 151 camouflage pants, 280 gun carriers, 71 handcuff carriers and 5 sewing machines, among other similar false items.

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