Mexican officials say prisoners acted as hit men

Prisoners in a northern Mexico jail were allowed out at night to carry out murder-for-hire jobs using jail guards’ weapons and vehicles, officials said Sunday, revealing a level of corruption that is stunning even in a country where prison breakouts are common as guards look the other way.

This is worse than corruption because it indicates government complicity in backing one drug cartel against another one. 35 people were murdered in the reprisal killings.

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