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Attorney for El Chapo says drug lord so stressed, he’s going bald

August 9, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Attorney for El Chapo says drug lord so stressed, he’s going bald In this Jan. 8, 2016 image released by Mexico's federal government, Mexico's most wanted drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, stands for his prison mug shot with the inmate number 3870 at the Altiplano maximum security federal prison in Almoloya, Mexico. Mexico has begun the process of extraditing Guzman to the United States, where he faces drug-trafficking charges, but that could take "a year or longer" because of legal challenges, according to the head of Mexico's extradition office, Manuel Merino. He cited one extradition case that took six years. (Mexico's federal government via AP)

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The attorney for Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, says he has become so stressed behind bars where he remains in isolation; he’s starting to go bald.

According to Jose Refugio Rodriguez, one of the lead attorneys of the 59-year-old Guzman’s legal team said his client has become so stressed he’s going bald, but at least he’s now allowed more sunlight.

Rodriguez said that although he saw an improvement in his client during his last visit, some other conditions remain unchanged.

Guzman is currently housed in isolation at a prison outside the border city of Ciudad Juarez, situated just across El Paso, Texas.

The attorney told Fox News Latino that prison officials at the Cefereso No. 9 penitentiary now allow El Chapo up to half an hour of sunlight every day, compared to previously when he was only authorized to see sunlight three times.

Guzman was transferred from the Altiplano maximum security detention center, the same prison he escaped from in July 2015, to a facility in Northen Mexico on May 7th, where he has remained under heavy guard by nearly 700 soldiers, police officers, and agents inside and outside the perimeter of the prison.

Additionally, the lawyer said his client no longer has his meals confined to his 80 square foot cell and is now allowed eat with other inmates in population.

However, Guzman’s legal counsel said other conditions remain unchanged such has limitations on contact with the outside world.

The drug lord is only allowed to have two one-hour visits per week, one for his family, the other for his lawyers and only gets one hour a day to watch television.

Back in June, Guzman’s legal team filed a complaint with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, or IACHR, against isolating conditions.

Rodriguez also revealed that U.S. authorities have yet to respond to his request for a plea bargain and repeated past statements that his client agreed not to fight extradition to the U.S. if federal prosecutors agree to certain conditions.

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