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Photo taken Saturday showing Juan Ramirez Tijerina inside the suitcase. AP Photo/SIPSE
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Woman tries to smuggle husband out of prison... in a bag

Suspicions were raised when the woman left the facility with a bulky suitcase after a conjugal visit.

MEXICAN POLICE say a woman was caught trying to sneak her husband out of a Mexican prison in a suitcase following a conjugal visit.

A spokesman for police in the Caribbean state of Quintana Roo says staff at the prison in Chetumal noticed that the woman seemed nervous and was pulling a black, wheeled suitcase that looked bulky.

Spokesman Gerardo Campos said yesterday that prison guards checked the bag of 19-year-old Maria del Mar Arjona and found inmate Juan Ramirez Tijerina curled up inside in the fetal position.

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

Arjona was arrested and charges are pending.

- AP

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