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Mexico issues arrest warrants for 23 officials in 'Chapo' Guzmán's escape

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))

Mexico has issued arrest warrants for 23 former officials, guards or police officers for allegedly participating in the escape of drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán or failing to prevent it. Almost all of them are believed to be in custody.

Attorney General Arely Gómez told the Senate on Thursday that in addition, 10 civilians who aided in Guzmán's escape are being held under a form of house arrest.

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.

Guzmán escaped Mexico's maximum security prison on July 11 through a long tunnel that led to his cell.

Gómez said that "those who helped him escape will not escape justice."

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