Sunday, April 07, 2013

The Clampdown

You don't have to watch as many bad movies as we do to know that Mexican prisons are pretty rough places, and Querétaro's biggest hoosegow in San José el Alto is no exception.  This weekend, though, the gub'mint decided to crackdown, and in the wee hours of Friday morning, 400 soldiers and cops swarmed the facility.  The 1,600 prisoners (it's a safe bet that the jail was designed for half that number) were searched, and their cells turned inside out.


When it was all said and done four hours later, they had seized "two knife blades, some pills, three packets with presumed cocaine residue and a marijuana roach." From 1,600 prisoners. We have old sports coats with more contraband in the pockets.

Nice work, muchachos!  Honestly, we don't know which is more astounding - that there would only be that much contraband in a Mexican prison that size; that that's all that 400 soldiers and cops could find after a four-hour search; or that the local press coverage is utterly lacking in ridicule.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

That was just from one prisoner.

Burro Hall said...

Five, actually, but close enough.

viajero said...

Where I live in Guadalajara we have the max security prison Puente Grande where El Chapo used to reside,last year the army found two AKs,3 keys of coke and about 30 cell phones all in the same cell,you Quereteranos are strickly bush league.

Burro Hall said...

We're basically Mexico's version of Marblehead, MA.

viajero said...

I thought that Mexico's version of Marblehead was Las Islas Marias,if I ever have to do any prison time in Mexico that's where I'd like to do it.

Charles Pergiel said...

Methinks the local grapevine is working very well.