Thugs in Cop Uniforms Free 59 Mexican Drug Prisoners

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted May 17, 2009 7:42 AM CDT
Soldiers and federal police have set up roadblocks in an effort to find 53 escaped prisoners and the men who freed them.   (AP Photo/Enric Marti)
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(Newser) – Some 15 vehicles packed with criminals wearing police uniforms arrived at a Mexico prison yesterday to free as many as 59 inmates linked to a drug cartel, reports the BBC. The men convinced guards they were members of the federal police there to conduct an inspection. Once inside, they overpowered the guards and fled with the prisoners. The army and federal police have launched a massive search near the Zacatecas prison facility in north central Mexico to recapture the crooks and their cohorts.