Prosecutors in Mexico have accused the director and guards at a prison of letting inmates out and lending them guns and vehicles to carry out drug-related killings.
The inmates, who are members of drug cartels, were believed to be behind three mass shootings, including the massacre of 17 people at a party earlier this month, the attorney-general’s office said on Sunday.
“According to witnesses, the inmates were allowed to leave with authorisation of the prison director … to carry out instructions for revenge attacks using official vehicles and using guards’ weapons for executions,” Ricardo Najera, a spokesman for the attorney-general’s office, said at a televised news conference.
The director of the prison in Gomez Palacio in Durango state and three other officials were placed under house arrest pending further investigation, but no charges have been filed.
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