Five Beheaded in Acapulco Prison Riot amid DHS Secretary Visit — GRAPHIC

Laura Christensen
July 8, 2017

Authorities found bodies throughout the wing, inside and outside the kitchen, as well as the area for conjugal visits, he said.

A report issued last month by Mexico's governmental rights agency said numerous country's prisons are unsafe, overcrowded and understaffed.

The victims were stabbed and beaten to death, said Roberto Alvarez, security spokesman for the state of Guerrero.

A security cordon has now been set up around Las Cruces federal prison in Acapulco as state police have regained control, working with riot police and the army.

The prison is almost 30 percent over capacity, Heredia stated.

Despite reports of gunfire in the prison, all the casualties were due to wounds from sharp instruments, such as the improvised weapons that are fashioned by inmates, Alvarez said.

It was built for 1,624 inmates but had 1,951 men and 110 women behind its walls, he said.

The State of Guerrero, bordered by the Pacific coast, is one of the poorest in Mexico and has one of the highest homicide rates in the country.

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After hearing news about the deadly riot, inmates' families rushed to the prison and pleaded for the police to give them information.

Last February, a brawl inside a jail in the northern industrial city of Monterrey, between inmates aligned with the Zetas and Gulf drug cartels, resulted in 49 deaths.

In March 2017, 29 accused drug cartel members allegedly tunneled their way out of a prison in Tamaulipas state.

Acapulco is the biggest city in Guerrero, one of Mexico's most lawless and violent states.

Carnage at the CERESO federal prison facility happened the same day as Secretary John Kelly, U.S. Department of Homeland Security was in Guerrero visiting.

Mexico's chronically overcrowded prisons are frequently hit by riots and jailbreaks.

Kelly, who arrived in Mexico on Wednesday, has been in meetings with top Mexican officials, which includes President Enrique Peña Nieto.

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