Prostitutes, dogs found in Colombian prison after riot
BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) -- They made their own booze, hired prostitutes
and kept Rottweilers as pets ... until the police retook control of Colombia's
largest prison from the inmates.
In a massive weekend raid on the Modelo penitentiary, police said Monday
discovered a private sauna and gym, distilleries, drugs and dogs. There were
weapons everywhere. And police were surprised to find 511 women in the
all-male prison, allegedly prostitutes hired to stay for several days to offer their
services to inmates.
National Police Chief Rosso Jose Serrano described the prison as a hotbed
corruption and a center of extortion, kidnapping, drug trafficking and
prostitution. Inmates hid radios, cellular phones, and computers in their cells,
which police said they used to manage criminal bands outside the prison.
"In each wall, there was a false tile or brick and behind that tile, a
weapon, marijuana, ammunition," Serrano said.
One inmate, a leader of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia,
enjoyed a sauna and a private gym in his cell, police said. He has been ordered
transferred to another prison.
The massive sweep of the prison came after 25 inmates were killed in bloody
clashes between rival gangs in the penitentiary in a 12-hour battle Thursday.
The search of the overcrowded prison also yielded 35 firearms -- including
AK-47 assault rifles -- nearly nine pounds of explosives, knives and grenades.