Image: Prison inmate Juan Ramirez Tijerina in a suitcase after his failed escape bid.
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Prison inmate Juan Ramirez Tijerina is seen curled inside a suitcase after he tried to escape from prison with the help of his girlfriend following a conjugal visit in Chetumal, Mexico, in this photo taken Saturday, July 2, 2011.
updated 7/5/2011 4:01:26 AM ET 2011-07-05T08:01:26

A woman was caught trying to sneak her common-law husband out of a Mexican prison in a suitcase following a conjugal visit, police said.

A spokesman for police in the Caribbean state of Quintana Roo said 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 Monday 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.

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