More suspects arrested over El Chapo prison break

Mexican police arrest 13 more suspects related to escape of drug lord Joaquin El Chapo Guzman

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Guzman recaptured in February 2014

Updated Sep 20, 2015

Mexican officials arrested 13 more people on Friday, including former head of the prison where Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was incarcerated.

Arrested people also included, a coordinator for Mexico's prison system, Celina Oseguera and also Valentin Cardenas Lerma and Leonor Garcia, directors at Altiplano prison where Guzman was being held. According to reports, all 13 were the employees of the federal prison system.

Guzman, who is the head of the notorious Sinaloa Cartel, escaped from prison on July 11 through a tunnel that was dug up underneath the shower in his cell. It was the second time he has escaped from a high-security prison.

At least seven officials, including two members of Mexico's secret service and two prison control room employees, had already been arrested and accused of not tripping the alarm when Guzman escaped.

Guzman, a billionaire was first captured in Guatemala in 1993 and extradited to Mexico. He was serving a 20-year sentence for murder and trafficking when he escaped from Puente Grande, a maximum security prison in Jalisco state, in 2001 with the help of prison guards.

He was recaptured in February 2014 in Mazatlan, a Pacific resort in the Sinaloa state. On the DEA’s most wanted list, Guzman is also facing multiple federal drug trafficking indictments in the United States.

The CNS's statement did not offer further details on just how Guzman escaped from Altiplano, but National Security Commissioner, Monte Alejandro Rubido is expected to make a statement on Sunday morning.



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