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Inmate attempts Mexican prison escape in suitcase

July 5, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A woman tried to smuggle an inmate out of a Mexican prison in a suitcase Saturday.

Guards say they found inmate Juan Ramirez Tijerina curled up inside a suitcase being wheeled by his common-law wife, 19-year-old Maria del Mar Arjona.

Arjona was on her way out of the prison in Chetumal following a conjugal visit.

Guards stopped her. They say she seemed nervous and that the bag looked bulky.

Charges are pending against Arjona.

Ramirez is serving a 20-year sentence for a 2007 illegal weapons conviction.

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