MEXICO CITY (BBC) – Police in Mexico are questioning 10 guards at a prison in the capital, Mexico City, after three high-profile inmates escaped.
The three, including a man suspected of being the financier for the sons of jailed drug lord Joaquín Guzmán, walked through five gates before driving away in an official car.
Three guards have reportedly confessed to helping the inmates escape.
All three prisoners were facing extradition to the US.
When guards did their morning check of the inmates they noticed that three were missing. Víctor Manuel Félix Beltrán, Luis Fernando Meza González and Yael Osuna Navarro had all escaped from the medium-security jail in Mexico City.
The fugitives passed through five gates to get to a courtyard where they boarded a prison car which whisked them away.
The gates had been installed at the medium-security jail after the three had been transferred there from high-security facilities.
An investigation is under way to find out whether the gates were left unlocked or whether the fugitives were provided with keys or instruments to open them.
The escape is yet another embarrassment for Mexico’s prison system which became notorious for its corrupt guards after “El Chapo” managed to flee from Altiplano jail through an elaborate tunnel.
Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said there would be a thorough investigation.