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6 Mexican prison guards abducted, killed, dumped

ASSASSINATION Authorities are investigating the murder of six Matamoros prison employees, suspecting drug gangs played a role


A special team of federal police went sent in to run La Palma prison, just west of Mexico City, after reports that drug lords were planning escapes and running their cartels from their cells.

In yet another prison scandal, the federal Attorney General's Office announced Friday that it has arrested six officials accused of permitting a drug trafficker's escape from a Zacatecas state prison on Jan. 18.

It said it has asked the courts to approve charges against the prison's director, deputy director, doctor, security chief and two guards, as well as three alleged accomplices.

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