Culiacán, Sinaloa — Two inmates imprisoned in the Aguaruto prison at Culiacán have successfully escaped when they dressed as prison guards.
The secretary of public security of the state, Fermín Hernández Montealegre, confirmed that two inmates of the federal prison, who were linked to the Sinaloa Cartel, escaped from the Aguaruto prison dressed as guards.
In a press conference, the secretary reported that work is already under way to coordinate the three orders of government for the search and recapture of the escapees.
Reports say one of the escaped has been identified as Julián Grimaldo N, who was serving time for drugs and illegal possession of a firearm. The second was identified as Carlos Higuera N, who was in prison on homicide charges.
Both subjects left the facility at 3:03 a.m. dressed as prison guards. They walked out the main door of the prison, passing through six security points before making their way outdoors. Investigating police say this is one reason they suspect inside assistance in the men escaping.
“Yes, we presume the participation of prison guards,” said Hernandez Montealegre.
There are also reports that two of the prison guards who allegedly helped the men escape, have not been heard from.
Both escapees had been assigned a transfer to a maximum security prison by a judge, however, the transfer had not yet taken place.