24 inmates transfered following riot in Altamira Tamaulipas subject logo: MEX2013
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By Chris Covert

A total of 24 inmates were transferred from a prison in Altamira to other prisons in Tamaulipas state following a riot last Sunday, according to Mexican news accounts.

According to a news account which appeared in Milenio news daily, the transfer took place Monday morning with tight security provided by Tamaulipas state police, Policia Federal Preventiva (PFP) and Mexican Army troops.

The report quoted a presumed security official, Maria Gonzalez Flores, saying that a brawl had taken place Sunday in the Centro de Ejecuciones de Sancciones (CEDES), which closed the prison to visitors for six hours.

A total of 19 inmates imprisoned for state crimes were to be transferred to the CEDES in Reynosa, while another five inmates serving time for federal crimes were to be transferred to a federal facility in Matamoros.

The Milenio report goes on to note that Tamaulipas' Secretaria de Seguridad Publica del Estado (SSPE) had released a statement on the disturbance. A statement had been released on the Tamaulipas state official government website by the SSPE last Monday, but only a mention of the reason for the transfer being the prevention of violence, not that a disturbance had occurred closing the prison to visitors for six hours.

The Milenio report also notes that no one was hurt in the disturbance and no weapons were used.

The prison transfer is the third action taken by Mexican Federal authorities in response to problems inside Tamaulipas prisons. Tamaulipas state is one of Mexico's most violent, with an ongoing war entering its fourth year between the nascent Los Zetas drug cartel and their former employers, the Gulf Cartel.

Actions taken by the new federal government headed by President Enrique Pena Nieto indicate security officials intend to regard Mexico's prisons as another battleground in the drug war.

Actions taken by government officials, or by drug cartels in prisons include:

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com

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