Puente Grande, Mexico
In Mexico, unrest arose in response to a video of a party in the highly secured Puente Grande prison in the state of Jalisco. There is alchol and several music bands perform, apparently all on the cost of an underworld boss. Puente Grande is the prison from which Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped in 2001.
No security guard
Chapo built a strong dominant position in that prison through the services of the recently arrested Dámaso López Núñez, aka Licenciado. Licenciado then worked for the Ministry of Justice. In the years before Guzmans escape he had his own department within the prison and even had his own militia. There was no guard to be seen at the massive party. Apparently the situation has not much improved, that’s the comment from Mexican politicians.
Under the influence
The video shows images of a party apparently given by José Luis Gutiérrez Valencia, also known as Don Chelo. Gutierrez was previously a member of the Sinaloa cartel but is now a part of the Jalisco network, also known as Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación – CJNG. He was arrested in Puerto Vallarta in 2010.
The video was recorded somewhere between December 2015 and March 2016, but just released last week through the Mexican weekly paper Mileneo. As a result mexican politicians only found out about the part at least a year after it had happened. Don Chelo had the pictures made to give to his guests as a reminder. Don Chelo and his companions are clearly under the influence of their emotions. The host is talking to the crowd, and says: “I’m the boss here. Ask what you want and I’ll make sure you get it.”