There is much better quality equipment than anyone in the country’s professional league, according to local media. A baseball field was discovered in the middle of Tocorón Prison, located in the state of Aragua, Venezuela. This sports facility is said to have been built by members of the Tren de Aragua gang imprisoned there, reports an article from Vice World News.
This is also shown by a video that quickly went viral on social networks. It shows a perfectly maintained lawn, a quality lighting system and the name of one of the largest prison gangs in the country, Tren de Aragua, painted on the walls of the property. “The House of Princes. Stadium, Dad. A real stadium at night, ”we can hear in the video.
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If the author of the video does not specify the date and time of the recording, or even the exact location, the stadium is clearly visible on Google Maps and is well located inside the prison. “This place was previously used for softball training, and was then reorganized by this criminal organization,” confirms security officials in the penitentiary. on the Venezuelan news site Runrunes, anonymously. “They even put artificial turf on it,” an Aragua police officer added.
A well-known project
According to relatives of some prisoners, the country is not accessible to all inmates in the city center: only those who have an important place in the gang hierarchy can go there. The voice that speaks on the video even claims that baseball games are sources of play.
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Contrary to popular belief, this project was far from a state secret. The transfer and introduction of materials in the prison was also known to the residents of Maracay, the capital of the state of Aragua, says Runrunes. This shows how powerful criminal groups are and how they dominate the prison system in Venezuela and society in general. Tocorón prison will also have a swimming pool and a nightclub.
Tren de Aragua is currently Venezuela’s most powerful gang, present in at least ten states in the country where it controls the drug market. One of the leaders is Hector Guerrero, nicknamed El Niño, who escaped from the same prison in 2012 before being arrested again in 2013. Criminal groups have been established in five other Latin American countries: Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Chile and Ecuador.