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Gang involved in Ecuador jail riot that left 116 inmates dead reveals they paid to smuggle weapons

Gang members inside the notorious Ecuadorian jail where 116 died after rival factions went to war with grenades and guns.

The high-ranking member of Los Tiguerones blamed boredom for the Tuesday’s deadly prison riot at the Litoral Penitentiary in Guayaquil – the worst uprising in Ecuador’s history.

‘We’re in a maximum security (jail). We don’t have communication with anyone, we do not have a television. We don’t have many things. 

‘What do we do? Evil, kill, sell drugs and many other things.’

He told TC Noticias on Wednesday that his gang spends thousands of dollars to smuggle weapons from the outside.

‘A gun is worth $2,000. A rifle is worth $5,000,’  he said. 

Another high-ranking member of Los Tiguerones, which happens to be linked to Jalisco New Generation Cartel, told TC Noticias that rival members of Los Choneros gang, tied to Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s Sinaloa Cartel, ‘are people who have a Pablo Escobar complex, who believe they are an almighty God who give orders to kill by phone.’  

The shocking revelations followed the deadliest prison uprising in Ecuador’s history which took place Tuesday as jail guards and security forces struggled to regain control of the Litoral Penitentiary complex. 

Ecuador security forces stand guard near a group of inmates at the Litoral Penitentiary in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where 116 prisoners were killed as a result of a riot between rival gangs that are linked to Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel

Prisoners at the Litoral Penitentiary in Guayaquil, Ecuador, lie on the ground Wednesday during an inspection a day after a riot left 116 inmates dead and another 80 injured.

Prisoners at the Litoral Penitentiary in Guayaquil, Ecuador, lie on the ground Wednesday during an inspection a day after a riot left 116 inmates dead and another 80 injured.

A high-ranking member of Los Tiguerones, which happens to be linked to Mexico's Jalisco New Generation Cartel, told TC Noticias that the gang paid $2,000 for guns and $5,000 for rifles that were smuggled into the Litoral Penitentiary in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where 116 inmates were murdered and 80 were injured on Tuesday. Pictured is one of the weapons that authorities recovered after regaining control of the jail

A high-ranking member of Los Tiguerones, which happens to be linked to Mexico’s Jalisco New Generation Cartel, told TC Noticias that the gang paid $2,000 for guns and $5,000 for rifles that were smuggled into the Litoral Penitentiary in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where 116 inmates were murdered and 80 were injured on Tuesday. Pictured is one of the weapons that authorities recovered after regaining control of the jail

One of the guns that were recovered by security forces at the Litoral Penitentiary in Guayaquil, Ecuador, following Tuesday's rebellion that left 1116 inmates dead and 80 injured

One of the guns that were recovered by security forces at the Litoral Penitentiary in Guayaquil, Ecuador, following Tuesday’s rebellion that left 1116 inmates dead and 80 injured

The Ecuadorian government initially said at least 40 prisoners had been killed, including six who were beheaded, before a full sweep of the Guayaquil prison led authorities to 75 more bodies, which were discovered in cells, hallways and stuffed inside ventilation system air ducts. 

According to President Guillermo Lasso, the rebellion left 80 other prisoners injured as the rival gangs attacked each other with grenades and firearms.

Lasso traveled to Guayaquil on Wednesday after issuing an decree that call for the armed forces unit to assist the National Police in overseeing the security of a troubled prison which is deeply influenced by Mexico’s most powerful transnational cartel, Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

Other military units were also deployed to Ecuador’s other prison complexes as part of a 60-day plan in which the government will reform the country’s jail security measures, according to Ecuadorian newspaper El Comercio. 

Lasso is expected to ask the government to provide $24 million in funds for the Litoral Penitentiary.

‘It is unfortunate that the prisons are being turned into a territory of power disputes between criminal gangs,’ Lasso said while adding that country would not give in ‘regaining control of the Litoral Penitentiary and prevent these events from being repeated in some other penitentiary center in Ecuador.’

Policemen search the cells at the prison where riots broke out at the Litoral Penitentiary in Guayaquil, Ecuador, on Tuesday. President Guillermo Lasso said 116 inmates were killed and 80 were injured

Policemen search the cells at the prison where riots broke out at the Litoral Penitentiary in Guayaquil, Ecuador, on Tuesday. President Guillermo Lasso said 116 inmates were killed and 80 were injured

The Litoral Penitentiary in Guayaquil, Ecuador, was the site of the deadliest riot in the country's history when 116 inmates were killed and 80 others were injured due to clashes involving gangs linked to Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel

The Litoral Penitentiary in Guayaquil, Ecuador, was the site of the deadliest riot in the country’s history when 116 inmates were killed and 80 others were injured due to clashes involving gangs linked to Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel

Relatives of inmates embrace outside the Litoral Penitentiary on Tuesday after a riot. Ecuador President Guillermo Lasso said 116 prisoners were killed and 80 others were injured

Relatives of inmates embrace outside the Litoral Penitentiary on Tuesday after a riot. Ecuador President Guillermo Lasso said 116 prisoners were killed and 80 others were injured

Government and jail officials did not reveal the names of the victims until late Wednesday afternoon.

A woman identified as Nancy told Ecuador newspaper El Universo that she found out her 35-year-old husband was among the fatal victims after she noticed his severed in a video that made rounds on social media.

He had been at the prison for a year and was scheduled to be released in three months.

‘He no longer answered when I called him. I went to the (jail) and I was there from 10:00am (Tuesday) listening to the bullets and praying that nothing happened to him, but at dawn (Wednesday) I recognized his head in a video, they had it inside a bag,’ she said. 

‘How am I going to tell my daughter that her father’s head was cut off, that’s the worst death.’


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