The Apodaca prison riot was a deadly brawl that occurred on 19 February 2012 at a prison in Apodaca, Nuevo León, Mexico. Mexico City officials stated that at least 44 people were killed, with another twelve injured. The Blog del Narco, a blog that documents events and people of the Mexican Drug War anonymously, reported that the actual (unofficial) death toll may be more than 70 people. The fight was between Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel, two drug cartels that operate in northeastern Mexico.The governor of Nuevo León, Rodrigo Medina, mentioned on 20 February 2012 that more than 30 inmates escaped from the prison during the riot. One of the fugitives, Oscar Manuel alias La Araña ("The Spider"), is considered by the Mexican authorities to be "extremely dangerous," and is believed to be the leader of Los Zetas in the municipality of Monterrey.
The fight broke out around 2:00 a.m. local time between inmates in one high security cell block and inmates of another security cell block. The guards of the prison allowed the Zeta members to surge from Cellblock C into Cellblock D and attack the Gulf Cartel members, who were sleeping. A guard was taken hostage during the melee, and mattresses were set on fire.Security personnel regained control of the prison by 6:00 a.m. Each cell block contained roughly 750 inmates, with members of rival drug cartels normally separated. Not all the prisoners were able to be counted, by the time the dead prisoners were counted, leading a public security spokesperson to speculate that the riot may have been started as a cover for a jail break. It was later confirmed that the riot and brawl "served as cover for a massive jailbreak" for the members of the Zetas drug cartel, who attacked the Gulf Cartel inmates. According to the The Wall Street Journal, the incident may be the deadliest prison riot in Mexican history. El Universal mentioned that the prison riot in Apodaca has been the "gravest in the past five years" in Mexico.Milenio news, in addition, mentioned that the prisons in the state of Nuevo León are plagued with violence, and that they are "under the control of the criminal groups" that operate in the area.
The Apodaca prison was built to house 1,500 inmates, but had around 3,000 incarcerated at the time of the riot. "Worried and weeping relatives" gathered outside the prison to wait for news. After the split of the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas in early 2010, both groups have been battling for Monterrey and other areas in northeastern Mexico.
The prison riot is believed to have started when members of the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas clashed in the prison, using sharp-edged knives, stones, burning devices, and possibly firearms to kill rival cartel members.A prison spokesperson denied that firearms were involved. Some of the dead were strangled, thrown out of windows, stabbed, beheaded, hanged, bludgeoned, and crushed. An investigation was immediately launched into whether some of the 17 prison guards on duty colluded in the fight by unlocking the doors between the two wings of the prison.The prison director, the directory of security, and the supervisor on duty were all detained for questioning. The 44 inmates that were killed in the brawl were reportedly from the Gulf Cartel. 30 inmates of the Los Zetas drug cartel were allowed to escape by the prison guards, and government sources reveal that the fugitives are high-ranking members in the organization, former police officers, or drug dealers.
Wooo let those fuckers take each other out!