A prison warden in Cancún has been suspended after 10 inmates escaped from a state prison this morning.
Prison guards neglected to follow established protocols, according to the Quintana Roo Public Security Secretary, enabling the inmates to restrain the one guard who was present to move them from a dormitory area.
They fled by going over what Juan Pedro Mercader described as a relatively low wall; some made their getaway by taxi.
Normally, two guards would be present, and only one door would be opened at a time, but those protocols were not observed.
Mercader said the prisoners, all of whom are members of a gang known as Los Sureños, might have had help from prison staff in making their escape. But he also said the prison does not meet the security requirements of a state penitentiary.
It was the second escape this week. Mercader said two other prisoners escaped a few days ago, an incident that authorities had not reported until today.
The escapees are considered dangerous.