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Mexican inmates live the high life with prison bar

Chihuahua jail offers prisoners tequila, guns and games of pool


Police have discovered a well-stocked bar at a prison in northern Mexico that served booze to inmates and even had billiard tables for prisoners to play pool or snooker.

The bar reportedly served beer, tequila and vodka to prisoners, The Associated Press reported. But since the discovery of the bar, a prison director has been fired and may face charges, while several low-level guards are under investigation.

Federal police discovered the bar this week at a low-security prison in Ciudad Chihuahua, capital of Chihuahua state. Authorities confiscated 200 cans of beer, 12 bottles of tequila and 20 bottles of vodka, the AP reported.

Agence France-Presse reported that the bar also was found to have marijuana, heroin and firearms.

It is not known how prisoners managed to conceal the bar from authorities, or how they procured the alcohol.

A spokesman for Chihuahua state's prosecutor for prisons told the AP that the deputy director of the prison where the bar was discovered has been fired. Spokesman Jorge Chaires said Wednesday that guards at the low-security prison are being investigated for their knowledge of the bar.

Mexico’s jails are notoriously overpopulated and there are often riots and mass breakouts, sometimes carried out with the help of corrupt guards, AFP reported.

In December, 141 inmates escaped from a state prison in Nuevo Laredo, northern Mexico, in a breakout that authorities said was likely helped by prison staff. The mass escape was only a few months after 85 inmates used a ladder to escape from a prison in the border city of Reyno.

Meanwhile, 17 inmates have recently escaped from another prison in northern Mexico, apparently by using a tunnel they had dug from a laundry room, the AP reported.

This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.

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