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Number of Mexican prison officials held in connection to 'Chapo' Guzmán escape rises to 13

FILE - In a Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, file photo, a poster displayed at a Chicago Crime Commission news conference in Chicago, shows Joaquin ``El Chapo'' Guzman, who was deemed Chicago's Public Enemy No. 1.   In a scheme befitting a caper movie, Mexico's most powerful drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, escaped late Saturday July 11, 2015 from a maximum security prison through a 1.5-kilometer (1 mile) tunnel from a small opening in the shower area of his cell, the country's top security official announced. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

FILE - In a Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, file photo, a poster displayed at a Chicago Crime Commission news conference in Chicago, shows Joaquin ``El Chapo'' Guzman, who was deemed Chicago's Public Enemy No. 1.  In a scheme befitting a caper movie, Mexico's most powerful drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, escaped late Saturday July 11, 2015 from a maximum security prison through a 1.5-kilometer (1 mile) tunnel from a small opening in the shower area of his cell, the country's top security official announced. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)  ((AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File))

Mexican judicial authorities say the number of public officials ordered held for trial in connection with the escape of drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán has risen to 13.

In a statement late Thursday, court officials say that among those being held for trial are the former coordinator general of federal prisons, the former director general, nine monitors from the Altiplano prison's control room and the prison's commander.

The men are being held at the same maximum security prison where Guzmán escaped July 11 through a long tunnel that led to his cell. The two women among the detainees are being held at a prison in the Pacific state of Nayarit.

A judge ordered the former director of the Altiplano prison held for trial earlier this week.

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