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QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Sixty-two inmates have died in riots at prisons in three cities in Ecuador as a result of fights between rival gangs and an escape attempt, authorities said Tuesday.

Prisons Director Edmundo Moncayo said in a news conference that 800 police offices have been helping to regain control of the facilities.

Hundreds of officers from tactical units had been deployed since the clashes broke out late Monday.

Moncayo said that two groups were trying to gain “criminal leadership within the detention centers” and that the clashes were precipitated by a search for weapons carried out Monday by police officers.

Moncayo said 33 died at the prison in Cuenca in southern Ecuador, 21 in the Pacific coast city of Guayaquil and eight in the central city of Latacunga.

Moncayo said that close to 70% of the country’s prison population lives in the centers where the unrest occurred.

Minister of Government Patricio Pazmiño sent a tweet blaming “the concerted action of criminal organizations to generate violence in the country’s prisons,” but added, “We are managing actions to regain control.”

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Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera and Emma Coronel.

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Mike Vigil, a former DEA officer, considered that Emma colonel, wife Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, you have no choice but to cooperate with the US authorities after his arrest this Monday at the Dulles airport, in Virginia, on drug trafficking charges.

Vigil, who was the Chief of International Operations of the Federal Anti-Drug Administration, He told the Daily Mail to be convinced that the former beauty queen will give in to pressure from federal agents, mainly to be able to reunite as soon as possible with the twins she had with the convicted kingpin.

“She is going to be more than tempted by the opportunity to have a new anonymous life. I think she is going to accept the deal, ”insisted the former officer who for years infiltrated the drug cartels in Mexico and Colombia.

In the opinion of the former high-ranking agent, the prosecutors will offer special protection to the accused in exchange for her being a government witness against members of the Sinaloa Cartel led by her husband.

“There is no doubt about that,” said the interviewee.

“The authorities will simply offer it to her for all the information that she can provide against the Sinaloa Cartel,” he added.

Emma Coronel was the main confidant of El Chapo Guzmán. She knows the inner workings of the cartel ”, he added.

“She knows the identities of those who make up the upper echelon of the cartel, the (drug) trafficking routes they use, how they smuggle drugs and how they are produced,” he explained.

According to the former investigator, Coronel could offer crucial information that can lead to federal charges against members of the criminal organization.

“She also knows which Mexican government officials were paid by El Chapo and now by the Sinaloa Cartel to protect them,” he said.

On Monday she was intervened by federal agents at the Virginia airport. Although the conditions under which the procedure was carried out are not clear, several US media reported that Coronel had voluntarily surrendered to the authorities.

Coronel, who faces charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine in the United States, faces up to 40 years in prison.

In case of cooperating with the authorities, the figure would be reduced to up to 10 years.

The Mexican has been held since Tuesday, without bail, in a solitary cell at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center, in Virginia.

“Researchers will now use Emma Coronel’s emotions to get results,” Vigil anticipated. “They know how to play with their situation to make the possibility of cooperating and being a protected witness tempting,” he said. “And nobody needs more than her right now to play her cards.”

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