A group of “highly dangerous” gang members have escaped from a prison in a Mexican resort town popular with American tourists.
The jailbreak by 10 inmates from a prison in Cancun yesterday is just the latest in a flood of escapes plaguing the nation’s under fire prison system.
Few details have emerged about the identity of the escapees but a Quintana Roo state public security spokeswoman told news agency AFP that some are considered “highly dangerous”.
“The escape took place at around 9:10pm (local time) and the (prison) authorities counted 10 prisoners” who fled, she added.
Details about the prison break are scarce, but Mexican media reported that the convicts belong to two drug gangs and that they took advantage of confusion during a prison fight to flee.
Mexican prisons are overcrowded with gang members and violence is a daily reality for many inmates.