According to a report by the Criminologist Police Department of Guayas, the maximum-security prison in Guayaquil, known as “La Roca” (The Rock), where 18 inmates escaped last February 11, had malfunctions and administrative glitches.
Among them, the prison (run by the Government), had security flaws, specifically damage in the surveillance cameras, in the metal detector and in the X-ray detector
This, according to police, could have opened the possibility of entering weapons and ammunition inside the prison.
The report also reveals that the day of the escape, several cameras were turned off as well as the monitoring TV; collapsed wires, 7 of the 11 interior lights were off, and on the external security, 234 meters with electric fencing mesh that does not work either.
According to the report, all these flaws were informed to the prison director Javier Cevallos Gonzalez, who is currently in custody along with the 14 prison guards who were on the day of the flight. It was such the level of negligence in the administration of La Roca, that the most dangerous and most wanted criminals in the country, took two hours to escape without anyone noticing, with the aggravating circumstance that they even took the time to say goodbye leaving messages written on the walls.