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El Chapo Escape: 6 Who Helped Drug Lord Break Out of Prison Are Arrested

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This poster provided by Mexico's attorney general, shows the most recent image of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman before he escaped from the Altiplano maximum security prison in Almoloya, west of Mexico City, Sunday, July 12, 2015. (Mexico's Attorney General's Office via AP)

By    |   Friday, 23 Oct 2015 10:55 AM

Six people who allegedly organized the escape of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman through a mile-long tunnel beneath a Mexican prison are under arrest, and Mexico's leaders this week reiterated their focus on getting the drug cartel leader back behind bars.

Mexican authorities reported Thursday that they have arrested, among others, Guzman's brother-in-law and a member of his legal team whom authorities believe masterminded the escape, Fox News said. No names have officially been released.

"We will keep working together until we achieve his [El Chapo's] recapture," Mexico's Attorney General Arely Gomez told CNN. "Guzman managed to escape from prison, but neither he nor those who helped him will escape from justice."

Gomez told Fox News that 23 prison workers in total have been arrested in connection with Guzman's escape.

The July escape sparked criticism of the country's justice system. Last week, NBC News reported that Guzman injured his leg and face as special forces attempted to recapture him.

Mexican Marines had received information that El Chapo was hiding in western Mexico on a ranch but, when they approached, they faced gunfire from what they suspect were members of Guzman's security forces, NBC said. When they were able to enter the camp later, they found cell phones, medication, and two-way radios, but it is believed Guzman and others escaped by ATV.

An unnamed source told CNN that the search for information on Guzman's location includes U.S. locations, particularly those where Guzman's wife, a U.S. citizen named Emma Coronel, may be hiding. The source also said authorities do not want to arrest or detain Coronel, but would like to locate her.

Reuters reported that Mexican homes have been damaged in attempts to find Guzman. A resident showed the news station bullet holes in his home, saying that a helicopter leveled fire at the area.

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Six people who allegedly organized the escape of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman through a mile-long tunnel beneath a Mexican prison are under arrest, and Mexico's leaders this week reiterated their focus on getting the drug cartel leader back behind bars.
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