MEXICAN PRISONERS JAIL BREAK

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STORY: MEXICAN PRISONERS JAIL BREAK DATELINE: Dec. 18, 2010 LENGTH: 0:00:44 LOCATION: Mexico City PKG INTRO More than 140 inmates have escaped from a prison in a northern Mexican border city. Officials say it's one of the country's biggest jail breaks in recent years. PKG The mass breakout occurred on Friday in Nuevo Laredo, a border city in northern state Tamaulipas. It's been one of the biggest prison escapes in recent years, surpassing the 89 inmates who broke out of a prison in the state in September. SOUNBITE(SPANISH)Antonio Graza Garcia, Security Official: "We are still counting the number of escapees. So far at least 141 prisoners have been confirmed fled." Nearly half of the escapees were convicted felones including drug traffickers and multiple murderers. After news of the break, extra police and troops were brought in to reinforce security at the prison. Officials say that between January and September, an estimated 200 prisoners have escaped from prisons in t Powered by www.newslook.com Producer : Xinhua News Agency

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