Mexican authorities are searching for more than 50 inmates and a group of 20 armed men who freed them from a prison in central Mexico early Saturday morning.
The group raided Cieneguillas prison in the Mexican state of Zacatecas in under 5 minutes, freeing the 53 prisoners using 10 vehicles without a shot fired, according to Gov. Amalia Garcia Medina. The inmates are likely connected to the Gulf Cartel, a powerful drug cartel operating in northern Mexico, Medina said in a statement Saturday. Authorities have detained the director of Cieneguillas prison, two commanders, and 40 security guards, Medina said.
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Military and police officials are trying locate the fugitives, according to Notimex, Mexico’s official state news agency.