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Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman considering pleading guilty in a U.S. court

February 9, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman considering pleading guilty in a U.S. court

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The attorney for the jailed leader of the Sinaloa cartel, Joaquin Guzman Loera alias “El Chapo” says his client is willing to plead guilty in the U.S. so that he can escape the “life threatening” prison conditions where he currently sits.

In his first interview with Univision in 36 years, Guzman’s attorney Jose Refugio Rodriguez said his client feels he would receive better treatment at a U.S. federal correctional facility, in comparison to the freezing conditions El Chapo now deals with at the Altiplano Maximum Security Prison, where he also fears for his life.

El Chapo’s team of attorneys went before a Mexico City judge last week to file an official complaint accusing Mexican prison staff of torture.

The lawyer said El Chapo is “willing to accept his culpability for the charges that the United States seeks.”

On one condition, Rodriguez revealed that he would ask the prosecution for assurances that Guzman wouldn’t be “held in a maximum-security prison where he would not have contact with other inmates or where he would not see the light of the sun for more than an hour a day.”

The attorney was referencing ADX Florence, the Colorado super maximum security prison dubbed as the “Alcatraz of the Rockies,” which houses the former leader of the Gulf Cartel, Osiel Cárdenas Guillén, who is currently serving a 25-year term.

“I fear for his life, they are keeping him in zero degree temperatures and members of the jail staff of trying to turn him into a zombie and want to drive him to death,” Rodriguez told Univision.

Because of the drug kingpin’s track record of escaping from prisons in Mexico, U.S. authorities want him to face trial and be ultimately jailed in an American prison.

Guzman escaped from the Altiplano prison back in July using a mile long, elaborate tunnel dug by his associates that led directly underneath the shower into his cell.

Since Guzman’s recapture back on January 8th after spending six months on the run, prison officials have gone to great lengths to thwart a third escape attempt, which includes moving him to different cells every day.

It is the first time one of Guzmán’s attorneys admitted the drug lord is openly considering extradition.

“Anyone who has to be exposed to such cold temperatures – so cold, freezing – they could get very sick,” Rodriguez claimed.

The lawyer told Univision that Guzman’s legal team have the endless resources to fight extradition in case the U.S. authorities don’t to offer a deal suitable enough for El Chapo to accept.

‘We are going to work the extradition so that the United States doesn’t find a man on his knees, begging for help,” Rodriguez said, before insisting, “the American government will see that we have ways to beat the extradition in Mexico.”

According to Insight Crime, El Chapo’s willingness to accept culpability won’t have much effect on U.S. prosecutors, which Rodriguez admitted have not come close to addressing the possibility of negotiations with the drug cartel leader.

However, it is presumed that prosecutors have built up a solid case against Guzman with his 30-year history working in the drug trafficking business.

U.S. officials would likely give El Chapo a deal if he provided information about the Sinaloa Cartel’s expansive criminal network and agreed to testify against ranking figures currently running the cartel’s operations.

Insight Crime is reporting that Mexican authorities have also been putting pressure on Guzman to give up corrupt government officials, who have assisted the Sinaloa Cartel, which is considered one of the largest and most powerful drug trafficking organizations in the world.

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