Chihuahua Governor Urges Chief Aide to Address Border State’s Public Safety Issues
EL PASO, TX (Border Report) – The governor of a Mexican border state has replaced her attorney general less than three weeks after a violent prison break that killed 10 police officers and seven prisoners.
“Chihuahua demands more of us and this government has always been willing to listen to reinvent and reorganize itself when necessary to achieve the best possible outcome,” Gov. Maru Campos said at a news conference late Monday night.
Among the many departmental changes, Campos called on her top aide, government secretary César Jauregui, to take over as attorney general in a state where drug cartel violence remains insidious. Jauregui replaces Roberto Fierro, whom Campos has appointed as his personal assistant.
Campos also asked the Chihuahua State Legislature to place the state police in charge of prisons rather than the state attorney general.
On New Year’s Day, several heavily armed men broke into the Cerezo 3 prison in South Juarez as the gates opened to visitors. The men, later identified as members of the Mexicles gang, killed three guards at checkpoints and proceeded to the cell block where their leader, Enesto “El Neto” Alfredo Pinón, was being held.
The attackers grabbed seven prison guards and shot them in execution style before fleeing with El Neto. A few days later, the police killed the gang leader in a shootout and recaptured more than half a dozen of the 30 prisoners who had escaped from prison.
However, an internal investigation revealed that “El Neto” led a luxurious life in prison with a plasma TV, drugs, alcohol and cash in his cell. The director of the prison has been removed from his post and is under investigation.