The Mexican Attorney General's office says a judge has ordered 19 police officers to stand trial in connection with the murders of five people near the popular resort city of Cancun last November.

In a statement Monday, the attorney general said the accused police officers - some of them senior officials - are charged with taking advantage of their positions to allow others to commit crimes, including drug trafficking and other offenses.

Officials have said three of the five murder victims were federal agents. They believe the killings were drug related.

Officials say the 19 men ordered to stand trial are among 27 law enforcement officials from the area arrested in the past week in connection with the November murders and other drug-related crimes.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.