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37 prison officials sacked

Guatemala's government ministry sacked 37 prison officials for their alleged complicity in allowing weapons, drugs, cash and assorted electrical devices into a prison, authorities have said.

world Updated: Sep 07, 2009 11:08 IST

Guatemala's government ministry sacked 37 prison officials for their alleged complicity in allowing weapons, drugs, cash and assorted electrical devices into a prison, authorities have said.

The sacking of the officials came after a raid conducted on Saturday at the El Boqueron prison, located in the southeastern province of Santa Rosa.

Authorities seized inside the prison some 43,932 quetzales ($5,299) and $28 in cash, which was money raised from extortions of business owners and bus drivers.

In addition, authorities confiscated six pistols, one grenade, 171 bullets of different calibres, 13 knives, 20 pairs of scissors and three other bladed weapons, along with 33 mobile phones and 5.4 kg of marijuana.

Government Ministry and Prison Service officials decided to fire the 37 prison officials at El Boqueron.

Government Minister Raul Velasquez said the 37 officials did not carry out their jobs properly and asked prosecutors to begin an investigation against them to determine their different levels of responsibility for the acts.