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Drug boss El Chapo would agree to extradition in return for serving sentence at medium-security prison

February 26, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Drug boss El Chapo would agree to extradition in return for serving sentence at medium-security prison

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The lawyer for the nefarious leader of the Sinaloa Federation drug cartel, Joaquin Guzman Loera, alias “El Chapo” has reiterated his statements that his client would be willing to agree to extradition from Mexico to the United States in exchange for a deal that would include “a reasonable sentence” and for letting Guzman serve his time at a medium-security prison.

El Chapo’s attorney Jose Refugio Rodriguez made the statements in an interview with Radio Formula, where he stated that he discussed the option with Guzman during a visit on Feb. 15 at the Altiplano prison and according to the lawyer, the kingpin said he would accept such a deal.

“The goal would be to seek an agreement with U.S. authorities that would include a sentence that is not too long, a reasonable sentence, and he would have the opportunity to serve his prison term at a U.S. medium-security prison that does not have conditions like the ones here in Mexico,” Rodriguez said.

The attorney went on to reveal that he contacted California-based attorney William Stuttgart at Guzman’s request back in May 2014 to represent him in the United States and the lawyers have since stayed in contact.

“It’s with him that we’ve seen that, instead of going to trial in the United States, we would have to negotiate,” Guzman’s attorney said

Rodriguez also said that any defense strategy would be intended to get the best possible conditions for his client instead of taking the case to trial.

“The fact that Guzman has escaped from Mexican maximum-security prisons twice does not justify the extreme measures taken at Altiplano concerning my client, a policy that threatens his health,” Rodriguez said.

The attorney repeated accusations made by Guzman’s wife, Emma Coronel, that the drug lord is not being allowed to visit the prison, calling the situation “a clear violation” of the law.

On Tuesday Mexico’s Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio responded to allegations of torture made by El Chapo’s wife and attorneys in an interview with Telemundo and refuted any claims of Guzman’s mistreatment.

Osorio maintained that El Chapo was being treated for “what he is, a criminal and the measures that are being taken are meant to prevent another possible escape.”

El Chapo faces multiple drug trafficking indictments in several U.S. cities including Arizona, Texas, California and New York.

The drug lord escaped from the Altiplano maximum-security prison outside Mexico City through an elaborate one-mile tunnel dug to his cell on July 11, 2015.

He previously escaped another Mexican prison in 2001 and evaded remained a fugitive for 13 years before being recaptured on Feb. 22, 2014.

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