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They gun down 'El Neto', the criminal leader who escaped from a prison in Ciudad Juárez causing a tragic riot


He had escaped from jail on January 1 thanks to a coup by his gang, Los Mexicles. He had a 200-year sentence for dozens of kidnappings. Hundreds of agents were looking for him by air and land. That's how they got him.

Mexican federal and state authorities killed Francisco Piñón de la Cruz, alias

El Neto , leader of the

Los Mexicles

criminal gang

and whose escape last Sunday from a prison in Ciudad Juárez, along with 24 other inmates, at dawn this Thursday.

sparked a riot that left 17 dead.

The assault on the Social Reintegration Center, better known as Cereso 3, was carried out by the criminal gang on January 1 to free its boss, who had a 200-year sentence for dozens of kidnappings.

After the escape and the deadly mutiny,

El Neto

began to be tracked by air and land by a team of 700 troops.

When they finally found him in the middle of the morning, a shootout broke out in which he was mortally wounded, authorities reported.

The Chihuahua Prosecutor's Office reported that

El Neto

was located at an address where he was hiding in the border city.

The events occurred "after more than 48 hours of work and after the multidisciplinary and intelligence team of the State Investigation Agency produced location results of various locations of several of the escapees," he said in a statement. . 

The authorities first captured Piñón after an exchange of shots at one of the detected homes, from where he fled in a vehicle until he crashed at a gas station.

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In that place there was a shooting confrontation with the security forces, in which he was seriously injured.

He later died when he was transferred to the facilities of the Northern Zone District Attorney's Office. 

El Neto

had fled on January 1 along with more than twenty inmates from a prison in the Mexican city Ciudad Juárez, where a riot broke out in which 10 prison officials and 7 prisoners died, and a network was uncovered. of corruption and misgovernment in prison when the life of luxury that the criminal leader and ten other inmates had (with tunnels inside the prisons and loot with millions of pesos) was revealed. 

In the official information it is detailed that in the operation in which the leader of 'Los Mexicles' died, an armored BMW vehicle, 8 long weapons and 5 tactical vests were also seized by the State investigative agency.

Uncertainty and fear in Ciudad Juárez

Uncertainty and fear persist in the families of the inmates of the Ciudad Juárez prison and in the inhabitants of the entity days after the riot, which culminated in the dismissal of the director of the prison, the transfer of prisoners to different penitentiary centers in the country and the arrival of 300 agents of the Mexican Army.

Overwhelmed by this uncertainty is María Dolores Prieto, sister of one of the inmates, who told EFE that her relative was transferred to the state of Chiapas, southeastern Mexico, and questioned who will give them information about her relatives.

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“I want to know how they make the transfers, if it is random or how they choose who does and who doesn't.

My family is devastated,” she noted.

He explained that in his case he will look for his brother in a prison in Chiapas and accused that until now the authorities of the prison in Ciudad Juárez have not provided them with good information on where to look for his relatives.

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Another woman, who preferred to omit her name, told EFE that the inmates are being

treated inhumanly


“I call on (the National Commission) for Human Rights (CNDH) since some time ago they told us that if they were to be transferred they would take away those who committed a serious crime,” she explained.

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He said that after the riot and the evasion,

the inmates who remained are paying the "pierces"


The woman pointed out that she has two family members in prison and one is in the area "where they are being taken" to other prisons.

“They have the inmates without eating, naked and there is also a rumor that they are going to take all the inmates away.

It is inhumane treatment for inmates and family members,” she added.

With information from EFE Agency.

Source: telemundo

All news articles on 2023-01-05

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