The director of the prison is in custody after more than 130 inmates escaped from a prison in Piedras Negras by digging a tunnel out of the facility.

The area is close to the border Mexico shares with the United States and police units as well as Mexican army convoys were dispatched to search for and apprehend the inmates with as much as $15,000 rewards being offered for information leading to the capture of the escapees.

The majority of the prisoners were being held while awaiting trial, mostly for drug trafficking related crimes. Coahuila is the center of a lot of violence most recently, likely as a response to various arrests that have been made in connection with drug trafficking groups.

 

[Al Jazeera]