Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Zetas Drug cartel plotted with guards in prison break

(Reuters) - Members of the Zetas drug cartel plotted with prison guards to orchestrate an elaborate escape and kill 44 of their rivals in one of the worst episodes of prison violence in Mexico, the local state governor said on Monday.

In what first appeared to be prison brawl between criminal gangs, the Zetas stabbed, cut the throats and bludgeoned to death at least 44 inmates affiliated with the rival Gulf Cartel on Sunday, said Governor Rodrigo Medina of Nuevo Leon state.

During the violence, 30 Zetas members escaped the prison on the outskirts of industrial hub Monterrey with the help of corrupt prison guards, he said.

Most of the escapees were charged with federal crimes, like drug trafficking.

"The escaped prisoners belonged to the Zetas cartel and those who lost their lives, the assassinated prisoners, to the Gulf cartel," Medina told a news conference. Read More