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7 Held in Probe of Mexico Prison Riot

Associated Press

A prison security chief and six guards have been arrested on suspicion of accepting bribes from inmates to smuggle in guns used during a prison uprising that left 25 dead, a state official said Wednesday.

Hector Ramon Martinez Roman was arrested when officials went to his home and found him packing a suitcase, Nayarit state spokesman Francisco Flores said.

Flores said officials believe the Venustiano Carranza penitentiary security chief accepted about $4,300 from inmates to smuggle the guns. When he was arrested, Martinez Roman had “more money than he normally would have with his salary,” Flores said.


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