Chetumal, Q.R. — The transfer of 38 prisoners from Cereso in Chetumal has left 12 injured including several police.
An operation to relocate 38 prisoners who were considered dangerous, resulted in a riot inside prison walls that left seven officers and five inmates hurt.
Police arrived early Wednesday morning to transfer the inmates that were labeled self-governing inside the prison. Once they began their operation, other inmates began to rebel.
In a press conference, Rodolfo del Angel Campos, Secretary of Public Security for Quintana Roo, agreed that the problems inside the penitentiary are serious and have been on-going for years.
“The penitentiary system for years was brewing a preserve of power and self-government, especially in the prison of Chetumal. It was necessary to have control for a better operation of the centers. It is essential to avoid criminal actions that affect the population from within,” he said.
“We carried out an operation in conjunction with the army and the navy federal, along with federal, municipal and ministerial police to extract and transfer 38 inmates who controlled it. Of course the raid had not been easy, but the least use of force was sought. However, we have seven injured comrades and five inmates,” he added.
Del Angel Campos said that one of the injured officers was a woman, saying that the inmates were physical but “nothing that puts lives at risk.”
More than 600 police of varying levels were on hand to see the extraction and relocation of the 38 inmates. “The use of force is a function of how situations occur. The police entered the prison to transfer the prisoners and they were attacked,” he noted.
Streets around the prison were blocked by state police all the way to the federal highway. After several hours, the inmates were removed from Cereso for distribution to other federal facilities around the country.