Cartel gunmen used at least three car bombs and superior firepower to storm a prison in central Mexico to break out a regional leader and eight of his top associates.
The attack took place early Wednesday when gunmen used a car bomb to blow up the entrance to a state prison in Tula, Hidalgo. The two other vehicles were set off near a hospital and a busy intersection to distract authorities.
Law enforcement information obtained by Breitbart Texas revealed the gunmen were riding in Chevrolet Suburbans and pickups as they drove into the prison and clashed with guards in a short but intense shootout. The gunmen also used a truck with makeshift armor plating. Two guards sustained gunshot wounds.
Grupo armado a bordo de vehículos modificados sustrajo a nueve reos del #CERESO de Tula, Hidalgo, esta madrugada, tras amagar a personal de seguridad y detonar coches bomba. Autoridades estatales confirman que dos policías resultaron lesionados durante enfrentamientos. pic.twitter.com/MAL91Ibf1m
— LupitaJuarez (@LupitaJuarezH) December 1, 2021
Mexican authorities have since confirmed the gunmen rescued Jose Artemio “El Michoacano” or “La Rabia” Maldonado Mejia, a regional leader with the criminal organization that is now being called “Pueblos Unidos.”
The gunmen also rescued El Michoacano’s brother, Mariano Maldonado Mejía, and other gunmen. The cartel is made up of smaller groups including Los Viagras, Familia Michoacana, El Michoacano’s group Los Emes, and “self-defense” groups joined to fight against Cartel Jalisco New Generation.
El Michoacano’s group had been involved in ransom kidnappings and the large-scale theft of fuel in Hidalgo State. He had recently been arrested in late November on murder and kidnapping charges.
The other members of his criminal who escaped are identified as: Jobani Morales, Ramón Farfan Sánchez, Juan Valentín Rangel Albor, Jaime Eusebio Medina, Abel “El Cucaracho” Millán Gaspar, Fernando Cerón Gómez, and Yair Alejandro Hernández Martínez.
Authorities set up a large-scale operation to recapture the cartel boss and his henchmen.
Editor’s Note: Breitbart Texas traveled to Mexico City and the states of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, and Nuevo León to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels silencing their communities. The writers would face certain death at the hands of the various cartels that operate in those areas including the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas if a pseudonym were not used. Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles are published in both English and in their original Spanish. This article was written by “L.P. Contreras” from Mexico City, and Jose Luis Lara from Michoacan.