Guatemalan authorities reported Saturday afternoon that a mutiny broke out in the massively overcrowded prison of Pavon, located about 30 miles south of the capital Guatemala after two female visitors were arrested while attempting to smuggle a 9mm handgun and 24 munitions. So far, at least two inmates have been reported injured.
The two women said they were going into the prison to visit an inmate identified as Damian Andres Ramon Hernandez.
Hernandez, also known as “El Spuki”, is said to be a member of a gang called Solo Para Locos, or Only for Demented, was arrested in October 2014 and charged with homicide, extortion and other crimes. A few days after his detention, at least 13 other persons working for him were also arrested.
Hernandez and his accomplices was accused of extorting bus drivers, taxi chauffers and other transportation workers on an ongoing basis.
According to the Guatemalan National Police, Hernandez was also in charge of recruiting gang members for the violent Mara 18 gang.
In September 2015, members of the violent Mara Salvatrucha gang, which has presence in various countries including the United States, clashed with foes at the Pavon prison. Over 20 people were injured.
The jail is built to house 960 prisoners, but late last year a total of 2,183 inmates were reported as being reclused there, which is believed to be one of the main reasons for violence at Pavon.
In August, seven prisoners were found dead in garbage containers at the El Boqueron prison, located about 35 miles south of Guatemala city. Autopsies revealed the victims had been beaten, suffocated and burnt.