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4 More Mexican Officials Held in 'El Chapo' Prison Escape

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    4 More Mexican Officials Held in 'El Chapo' Prison Escape
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    FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2014 file photo, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted to a helicopter in handcuffs by Mexican navy marines at a navy hanger in Mexico City. The U.S. government is offering a $5 million reward for information leading to the capture of the escaped Mexican drug kingpin. Guzman escaped from one of Mexico's most secure prisons in July 2015 via a sophisticated mile-long tunnel that opened up in his cell's shower. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)

    A federal judge in Mexico has started proceedings against four officials accused of aiding the escape of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman from a maximum security prison.

    The federal judicial council said in a statement Monday that two of those charged are members of the Mexican intelligence service who worked at the prison and two were prison employees in the control room.

    Guzman escaped through a tunnel dug to his cell on July 11.

    The four are accused of helping a prisoner escape and not following protocol in sounding the alarm. They are being held in the same prison where they previously worked.

    Proceedings already began against three others, including the person in charge of the control room and two guards.

    Guzman had already escaped another prison in 2001.