The prison from which five inmates escaped yesterday. The prison from which five inmates escaped yesterday.

Senior cartel members escape Sinaloa jail

Son of a Sinaloa Cartel boss among those who fled the Aguaruto prison

Five senior members of the Sinaloa Cartel escaped yesterday from the Aguaruto prison in Culiacán, Sinaloa, whose chief of security disappeared shortly after.


Among those who escaped was Juan José Esparragoza Monzón, son of Juan José Esparragoza Moreno, also known as “El Azul,” and one of the cartel’s senior leaders. His son, who was captured in January, has been linked to violence in Tijuana and Mexicali, Baja California, and his arrest was one of the 122 priority objectives of the federal government.

Esparragoza Monzón is also accused of coordinating a drug distribution network and managing the proceeds of drug sales by investing in properties in Baja California, Baja California Sur, Jaliso, Querétaro and Sinaloa.

He and another escapee, Francisco Javier Zacueta Rosales, nicknamed “Pancho Chimal,” were considered dangerous by authorities but efforts to have them transferred to a maximum security were blocked by orders of suspension issued by federal judges.

Zacueta, arrested last month, is the chief of security for Iván Archivaldo Guzmán, son of Joaquín Guzmán, the former cartel boss now awaiting trial in the United States.

The other three are Jesús Peña González, security chief for cartel leader Ismael Zambada; Rafael Guadalupe Félix Núñez, leader of Los Ántrax, the armed wing of the cartel; and Alfredo Limón Sánchez, a close collaborator of Zambada’s.

Sinaloa’s Public Security Secretary said today that the search for the escaped inmates now includes the prison’s missing security chief, José Mario Murillo Rodríguez, as well.

Security Undersecretary Cristóbal Castañeda Camarillo said officials have not discounted the possibility that prison guards assisted in the escape. He said the inmates may have left the prison hidden inside vehicles.

Source: Milenio (sp), Ríodoce (sp)

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  • cooncats

    “Sinaloa’s Public Security Secretary said today that the search for the escaped inmates now includes the prison’s missing security chief, José Mario Murillo Rodríguez, as well.

    Security Undersecretary Cristóbal Castañeda Camarillo said officials have not discounted the possibility that prison guards assisted in the escape. ”

    Well no shit, Sherlock. LOL.

    • SickofLiberalbs9999

      I think I finally learned some Spanish.

      SECURITY OFFICIAL in Spanish must mean:

      receiver of bribes
      assistant to criminals
      stealer of public funds

      Am I close?

      • cooncats

        Yes, unfortunately. Welcome to life in a failed state. And then they wonder why people want to wall it off.

        • SickofLiberalbs9999

          Mexico should be as successful as the US.
          Abundance of natural resources, great climate, fantastic people, great culture………………….

          What happened?

          • cooncats

            Exceedingly bad and corrupt culture of government brought here by the Spanish. From the very beginning, the Spanish were all about raping the place and slicing it up in huge land grants for the favored few at the expense of the many. Look from here south it is pretty much the same story, whether Spanish or Portuguese. Too bad, really.

          • SickofLiberalbs9999

            Yeah, I look at the situation and ask HOW does a country get this far gone?
            I can’t imagine a solution for Mexico. A solution that really has a chance of happening.
            Can you?

          • Mike S

            You mean create the largest prison system in the world, have a health care system not much better than Mx that bankrupts people; have a 20% child poverty rate; have our roots in slavery; be the worlds biggest CO2 emitter; be at constant war; have the world’s worst gun homicide rate; create inter city ghettos from hundreds of years of rampant Jim Crow & racism; elect leaders who lie us into 3 trillion dollar “oil wars for profit” that go terribly awry; have very high rates of drug addiction; elect a sick narcissistic/vindictive,unqualified/ pathological lying embarrassing buffoon for president??? The US has devolved from a representative democracy to a bought and paid for plutocracy and that needs to be reversed. I love my country and think it has a lot of potential and we have accomplished a lot of things- but when you wrap yourself in the flag too tight and start your pontificating “American Exceptionalism”…it cuts off the blood supply to your brain. Try and think of solutions and don’t be afraid of looking in the mirror. Mexico is not a first-world country but it has a growing middle class and is not in the desperate shape you claim. The drug war will eventually end and Mx will find its way.

          • csb4546

            “elect a sick narcissistic/vindictive,unqualified/ pathological lying embarrassing buffoon for president”
            You’re right – Obama was an embarrassment.
            Sorry, couldn’t resist.

          • csb4546

            None of my observations about Mexican problems are rooted in “American exceptionalism.”
            You love Mexico? Guess what – so do I. My family is in Mexico. I spend a lot of time there.
            I fear for Mexico’s future – for my family’s future – which will be my future as well.
            So stop with the gringo attacks on me – I’m more Mexican than American these days.
            Can you explain how Mexico can survive and prosper with this level of violence and corruption?
            I’m trying to find solutions – but I really can’t see any, the problem is so severe.
            I speak out here out of frustration and fear for Mexico, Mexicans, my family, and myself.
            Aren’t we actually on the same “side”?

  • Güerito

    There are some big state elections coming up in a couple months. The PRI party needs a lot of $$$ to buy votes, especially in the State of Mexico. This must have involved the payment of millions.

    Normally, they’re supposed to wait until after the election to get out, like El Chapo in 2015. But I guess, like everything else in Mexico, the rules are changing.

    Meanwhile, Dr. Mireles can’t even get transferred to a prison in his home state of Michoacán.

    • SickofLiberalbs9999

      The rules ARE changing – but it’s an ominous change.
      Even what used to resemble “rules” and “limits” are no longer recognized.
      Corruption, in the past, seemed to have some limits and restraints.
      Now – it’s like the American wild west of the 1800s.

      How many successful kidnappings occurred in the United States last year?
      Answer: ZERO. How many in Mexico? TENS OF THOUSANDS. Why? There’s no law enforcement.

      Kill the cops, kill the judge, bribe the Governor, kill any poor citizens who get in the way.
      No honest man or woman can exist in the corrupted goverment of Mexico – AT ANY LEVEL.
      Soon after an honest person wins an election, they are approached to play the game, take bribes.
      Say yes – or die.
      How many stories have we read of politicians being murdered days after taking office?
      They were approached, they gave the wrong answer – they’re dead.
      Sorry for being so pessimistic, but in my opinion – IT’S HOPELESS, Mexico is lost.
      And the people are SILENT – they’ve long ago given up.

      • James Steele

        If you think there are no kidnappings in the U.S. you are sadly misinformed. There are thousands. Your article reflects a serious lack of knowledge and relies solely on rhetoric.

        • SickofLiberalbs9999

          You’re wrong.

          Almost all reported US kidnappings are either
          the result of underaged girls running away with adult boyfriends, or
          custody battles gone bad. Only about a hundred cases per year of
          steretypical kidnapping for ransom occur across the whole country. Of
          those, most take place in poor neighboorhoods among poor families.
          Often, they involve criminals trying to collect a debt or something like
          that, so they grab a family member.

          If a rich person is kidnapped in the US,
          it’s a big enough deal to be national news.
          NOBODY tries it in the US – because the cops will get you EVERY TIME.

          In Mexico there are TENS OF THOUSANDS of successful kidknap-for-ransom cases each year. Most go unreported, because the kidknappers threaten to kill victims for calling the police.
          In Mexico, this threat is very real. Hence the silence from most victims.

          I wish it were not true.

          • Peter Maiz

            It is true and goes back to the 1970’s. In many of these cases, are by pro ex-state police officers that want quick fix. I know of one such case where a very rich cattleman in Chihuahua that was taken prisoner in the 1980’s. The final settlement was not discussed by the family nor were the authorities contacted. I figure the ransom was between 250 to half a million dollars. The cases of kidnapping for ransom have been vastly reduced in the state of Chihuahua.

      • Güerito

        In a recent Wall Street Journal articleon corruption in Veracruz state, it was stated that Mexico loses nearly 10% of its GDP through corruption:

        “The mystery of Mr. Duarte’s disappearance has riveted Mexicans’ attention even with the strong news focus this year on issues that could affect their lives and economy: the trade and border policies of U.S. President Donald Trump. Long after those controversies have receded, many in Mexico say, their country will still need to get a handle on its deep-seated corruption problem if it is to become a fully modern country. Prince-like state governors often answerable to no one pose a continuing threat to Mexico’s economic health and struggle to establish universal rule of law, political analysts say.

        The Mexican Competitiveness Institute estimates that corruption costs the country’s economy 5% of gross domestic product. The World Bank’s International Finance Corp. puts the figure at 9% of GDP.”

        Even using the lower 5%, that would mean a loss of more than 50 billion USD a year due to corruption. That’s more than all the income from tourism and remittances from Mexico combined!

        • SickofLiberalbs9999

          In the US, politicians cannot access public treasury (taxpayer) funds – at ANY level.
          All the way down to the local mayor and city budgets.
          A mayor can’t withdraw funds from the city treasury for personal spending money.
          There are controls in place, constant monitoring and audits of those accounts.
          He would definitely get caught, and probably quickly in most cases.

          Why doesn’t Mexico have tight controls over the public funds accounts to prevent politicians from stealing the money?

          This isn’t corruption – it’s national governmental incompetence.
          Or it’s deliberate and everyone is participating.

          • Peter Maiz

            Mexico is the word’s most perfect dictatorship, according to Peruvian novel price winner Vargas LLosa, that now gives literature classes at Princeton.

      • Mike S

        Exaggerate much? El Azul is on a wanted list and will be his whole life. Eventually he will be picked up just like El Chapo. The DEA “war on drugs” is a colossal trillion dollar failure. Decriminalization, rehabilitation, and education should be the new tact. Treat it as the health/mental problem it is. Mandatory drug education in schools. Mexico will forge on and find its way. Drug usage is greater in the US than Mexico. US has spawned organized crime in MX because of our bottomless demand at any price for hard drugs. US didn’t have much of a drug problem until we went on genocidal trip to hell in Vietnam. We need to work closely with Mx to curb both demand and supply. What we are doing now for 40 years has not been working. A “great wall” will accomplish nothing. Jeff Sessions is a disaster. I see a bad future for both countries if Trump starts a trade war.

        • Peter Maiz

          Very true, and we must take into account the amount of Vietnam soldiers that went back to America with serious heroin habits, albeit addictions.

        • csb4546

          “Mexico will forge on and find its way.”
          Find its way where?

      • Mike S

        Sicko, check out this article on Trump’s plans to fight the cartels. Trump’s health care plan eliminates funds for rehab. Sessions is going to squash legal pot growing in 8 states. The GREAT WALL…what a joke:

        • SickofLiberalbs9999

          Daily Beast? Come on.

          What are your other favorites?
          Huffington Post?
          All just liberal red meat leftist propaganda sites.

          • Mike S

            Well, I’m definitely not part of Fox Nation, Limbaugh and his AM clones, Drudge, or white nationalist Breitbart as you seem to be. Maybe you should get out of your right-wing echo chamber and read the article carefully and comment on its merits and facts.

          • csb4546

            I don’t waste my time with the sites you mention – they’re just as bad as the leftist sites.
            Like most liberals, you assume that anyone who disagrees with you must be stupid or influenced by “right wing propaganda”. Wrong.

            I haven’t heard Limbaugh in 20+ years. He sucks.
            Fox is a fake “conservative” news site, notice how its anchors move over to MSNBC?
            Breitbart? I guess you’re falling for the “Bannon is the Devil” crap, right?
            Try some new sources, the traditional ones are all heavily biased – left or right.

        • csb4546

          “Sessions is going to squash legal pot growing in 8 states.”
          Hmmmmmmmmmm – so pot growing is one of your top priorities as a US national issue?
          Are you smoking a bong right now while exchanging liberal platitudes with me?
          Maybe that’s why you’re struggling with coherence and logic.
          Stop typing while you indulge, snowflake.

  • Fester N Boyle

    Another day in corrupt Mexico. At least El Chapo will not escape. The missing security chief is probably having a fine margarita in a FL cafe, with a new name, already.
    Mexico has lost control of its territory due to narco corruption. The US should build the wall, but at the southern border of the northernmost Mexican states. Given Mexico’s inability to control the crime on the border, its aiding of illegal immigration from south of its own border with assisted safe passage into the US, and the fact the US is hosting a sizable portion of the Mexican population it is only just that the US take some of the territory over in compensation.
    So the wall should go from perhaps Monterrey, over to Mazatlan. The US can resettle all the foreigners it expels into these areas and fix the culture to be more alike the US culture. The Mexican govt. can continue its criminality and corruption and abusing its citizens but only in the southern states.

    • daniel pugh

      Piss off war monger

  • WestCoastHwy

    I get it…….they are preparing to bust out Chapo!!!! Again, those dam Hillbillies.

  • SickofLiberalbs9999

    Mexico = FAILED STATE.
    No security for citizens, no reliable justice system, corruption from top to bottom – it’s hopeless.
    Mexican politicians run for office for only one reason – TO STEAL.
    When criminals get arrested, they laugh. They know they’ll escape or get released with the help of prison authorities – after the bribe is paid, or the judge is killed.

    And Mexicans think Donald Trump is their biggest problem.

    EVERY DAY there are new stories of criminals escaping jail (with police assistance, of course), officials stealing money then disppearing, bribes paid to EVERYONE, gangs of armed citizens attacking police and government authorities, mass graves……………………… then the cycle starts all over again. No one calls the police for help, why bother? They’ll arrive in 2-3 hours to take a report, no arrests will be made, no property will ever be recovered.
    Same stories again and again, day after day, month after month, year after year.

    Meanwhile, the Mexican public is silent – except to protest against Donald Trump, of course.
    Trump motivates them – but the loss of their own country doesn’t.

    History will show Mexicans obsessed over a foreign politician while their country was lost to corruption and graft.
    What a waste of an amazing resource-rich country, wonderful people, and great culture.

    I’m sure we can all easily find a Donald Trump protest march to attend in Mexico or Mexican communities in the US.

    There aren’t any.

    • Cool Hand Luke

      The reason is pretty obvious – Trump won’t kill you if you protest against him – all the “cartels” will if you protest against them.

      • John Smith

        He’d only grab you by the pussy, no biggie.

      • SickofLiberalbs9999

        No, government corruption is the problem.
        The cartels are the symptom.
        They only exist because the government allows them to.
        Obviously, cartel money can and has bribed a lot of officials at all levels.
        Nobody needs to protest the cartels.

        Without a complete change in government from top to bottom, it’s hopeless.
        Then a complete change to the police and security apparatus of the entire country.
        Then a complete change of judges across the entire country.

        Unless Mexico can find a way to completely replace its politicians, judges, police, army, all the way down to the local level, then the trends say Mexico will soon collapse into total chaos.

        My biggest point is: how can Mexicans be so blind and distracted by external crap while their country is completely lost to corruption and violence? WHO CARES ABOUT TRUMP? MEXICO IS DYING!

  • Henry Wilson

    In the front out the back as long as the “mordida” is paid up front. Just another day in the laughable criminal justice system of Mexico.

  • Peter Maiz

    “con dinero baila el perro”. Translation; ‘the dog will only dance for money”.

  • Steve Galat

    México will indeed Forge Ahead and, in a couple of decades, surpass a crumbling corrupt kleptocratic USA that’s already imploding before the world’s eyes