Mexican Prison Break Just Across Texas Border

An intense search is underway for more than 130 inmates who escaped through a 21-foot tunnel.
3:00 | 09/18/12

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We begin with breaking news. A prison break along the u.S. Border with mexico. 130 inmates are on the loose at this hour. They escaped through a 21-foot tunnel in a town just across the border from texas. Now, an intensive search is under way. Abc senior justice correspondent, pierre thomas, has the latest from u.S. Homeland security officials. Pierre? Reporter: Good morning, amy. This is a prison escape of epic proportions and looks highly sophisticated. The mexican town is right on the border, only three miles from eagle pass, texas. Homeland security officials tell us they are aware of the break and looking into it. Customs officials will be on alert. And all border checkpoints and hunting for unusual activity in that region. Amy? Pierre, we know it's about 130 inmates. What do we know about them? How dangerous are they? Reporter: What has officials so concerned is this could be an inside job. And the drug cartels could be behind the break. Many are said to be tied to the massive narcotics trade.

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