A police helicopter flies over the Topo Chico prison in Monterrey, Mexico, Feb. 11, 2016. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril
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Authorities found dozens of knives, cocaine and flat-screen televisions at the Mexican prison where a brawl killed 49 inmates, officials said Friday, highlighting the control drug cartels hold over many penitentiaries.After reclaiming control following Thursday's pre-dawn riot, authorities found half a kilogram of marijuana, 23 doses of crack cocaine, 30 doses of cocaine, 120 makeshift blades, 80 knives, 60 hammers, 400 lighters, 16 USB sticks, 10 MP3 players, and two 67-inch (170-centimeter) televisions, Rodriguez said.Following the clash, both Zetas leaders were among 233 inmates who were transferred from the state facility to federal prisons, where people convicted of more serious crimes are usually held.Relatives of victims sobbed as they read a list of the dead outside the prison. A former inmate told AFP about a dangerous life inside the prison.Out of 389 Mexican prisons, more than 70 percent are "overcrowded and ungovernable," the national security commissioner said.
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