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SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - Four prisoners in an El Salvador jail hid
cellphones, a phone charger and spare chips in their bowels so they
could coordinate crimes from their cells, prison officials said on
The four men, all gang members, wrapped their phones
and accessories in plastic and inserted them into their rectums "far
enough to reach their intestines," Ramon Arevalo, director of the
maximum security Zacatecoluca prison, said.
Arevalo said the ruse was discovered during X-ray examinations following six weeks of investigations.
men, members of the ultra-violent Mara Salvatrucha street gang and the
first in El Salvador known to go to such lengths to make phone calls in
jail, used the cellphones to manage robberies, blackmail and murders
outside, Arevalo said.
The Zacatecoluca prison -- some 40 miles east of the capital San
Salvador and currently home to 337 inmates -- goes by the nickname
"Zacatraz," after the famously secure U.S. island penitentiary Alcatraz.
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