Escaped Mexican Inmates Used ... Front Door
128 still missing after Piedras Negras mass escape
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2012 4:05 AM CDT
If the prison's remaining inmates decide to make a break for it, they'll have to get past that guy at the left first.   (AP Photo/Adriana Alvarado)

(Newser) – One of the biggest jailbreaks in Mexican history happened earlier this week, but it turns out the inmates didn't need to break anything, CNN reports. Authorities say that instead of going through a tunnel and a fence as earlier reported, most of the 131 escapees simply walked out the front door of the Piedras Negras prison, just across the border from Eagle Pass, Texas. The prison director and 15 other employees have been detained pending possible criminal charges, reports the AP.

The number of escapees was revised after three female inmates were found hiding in the prison, and revised again after two other prisoners were found to have escaped. Mexican troops and federal police are searching the state of Coahuila for the inmates but have only recaptured one man, a car thief. Two other inmates were arrested after a shootout with state police on Tuesday. Officials believe the Zetas cartel organized the escape, possibly in an effort to boost its ranks.

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HANKHILL
Sep 20, 2012 4:28 PM CDT
ha ha x999999999999999999999999999999
reallybig
Sep 20, 2012 11:52 AM CDT
SOMEBODY left the front door open, while everybody else was busy? ALL the guards were Muslims, and they were all praying at that time? ALL the guards say they saw nothing unusual that day, but after awhile they noticed all the prisoners were gone. It's just one of those unexplainable mysteries that happens all the time, like what killed the dinosaurs? One Minute they were there, and the next Minute they were gone, like American jobs under Obama.
right2dave
Sep 20, 2012 8:45 AM CDT
Cartels run prisons.