MEXICO CITY - More than 750 police and soldiers, backed by tanks, raided a maximum-security prison 30 miles outside Mexico City yesterday to crack down on drug gangs that had all but taken control of the facility.
The raid was sparked by the New Year's Eve killing of Arturo Guzman, the inmate brother of fugitive Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the leader of the so-called Juarez drug cartel. He escaped from another maximum-security prison on Jan. 19, 2001.
Three other high-profile drug trafficking suspects have been murdered at La Palma in recent months.
The raid followed the resignation Thursday night of Carlos Tornero Diaz, the head of Mexico's federal prison system. The prison's director, Maria Josefina Jaime Quiroz, said she hadn't been told in advance of the raid.