41 prisoners escape from Matamoros jail
Thu, 25 Mar 2010 18:46:25 GMT —
Tamaulipas state officials have confirmed the escape of at least 41 prisoners from a jail in Matamoros.
Authorities confirmed that the prisoners were being held at the "Centro de Ejecucin de Sanciones" in Matamoros.
Orlando Saucedo-Pinta with the Tamaulipas Department of Public Safety (SSP) confirmed that the jailbreak took place between 4 and 5 a.m. Thursday.
Details about the mass escape were not available but Saucedo-Pinta said in a written statement that two prison guards are also missing.
According to Saucedo-Pinta, the guards were identified as Jose Angel Reyes-Segovia and Agapito Uvalle-Escalante.
Authorities did not release the names of the 41 prisoners who escaped but said 38 of them were held at the state-run jail for federal crimes.
Saucedo-Pinta reported that the jail's director Jaime Cano-Gallardo has been dismissed from his post and is now under investigation.
The jailbreak remains under investigation.