Guzmán after his recapture early last year. Guzmán after his recapture early last year.

Lawyers file motion to relocate ‘El Chapo’

Former drug lord's health is deteriorating during his stay in a New York prison

The physical and mental health of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera has been deteriorating during his stay in a prison known as the “Guantanamo of New York, his United States lawyers claim.


The former drug lord and leader of the Sinaloa Cartel has been kept in near-solitary confinement in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan since his extradition from Mexico in January.

Guzmán, 59, has also asked through his court-appointed attorneys for permission from Judge Brian Corgan to either see or speak on the telephone to his wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, in order to “determine the availability of the necessary funds” to hire a private attorney.

Coronel, 27, tried to visit Guzmán on February 3 but was denied access.

Lawyers Michelle Gelernet and Michael Schneider explained in a 24-page motion presented to Corgan yesterday that Guzmán spends 23 hours a day in a windowless cell and the other hour in another cell — also without windows — equipped with a treadmill and stationary bicycle.

He is denied sunlight, phone calls and television, said the motion, and “his physical and mental health have deteriorated further” since his arrival in the U.S. The light in his cell is always on and he has often lacked warm clothing.


“He has difficulty breathing and suffers from a sore throat and headaches. He has recently been experiencing auditory hallucinations, complaining of hearing music in his cell even when his radio is turned off,” said the documents.

His only human contact has been limited to two visits with a priest and consultation with his attorneys.

Gelernet and Schneider claimed that the conditions violate his constitutional rights and requested that he be transferred to another penitentiary where he could have contact with other inmates.

Accused of heading one of the largest drug empires in the world, Guzmán has entered a not-guilty plea to 17 drugs and weapons charges. The accusations carry a minimum sentence of life in prison if he is convicted.

Source: Milenio (sp), Fox News (en)

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  • jesus christ

    If one can understand that Chapo is a Hillbilly and lived under a rock most his life, what is he complaining about? I would consider him at this time as safe and secure.

    • jdwfinger

      if he was black he would be given special privileges with lots of drugs and sex, tv, lots of visits, just another form of racism against a Mexican

  • Viva México

    Oh too bad. Welcome to prison and think how many families were and are in grief from this monster that cares about nobody but himself.
    Take away his one hour a day with his exercise machines. He will escape if in contact with others.

    • Pete L.

      Oh be still, my breaking heart. Poor baaaabyyyy . . . . .

  • miabeach

    The deal was made and he will soon be back in Mexico. El Chapo sings who all the corrupt political operatives who protected him and the US will let him go home where he can buy his way to freedom.

    • SickofLiberalbs9999

      Dream on – Chapo will never be free again, he will die in a US prison.
      He has no “protection” in America.
      There are no “corrupt political operatives” to bribe or threaten – he’s not in Mexico anymore.

      Why do you think he fought so hard against extradition?
      It’s a death sentence – and he knows it.

  • SickofLiberalbs9999

    ““his physical and mental health have deteriorated further since his arrival in the U.S.”

    But his health hasn’t deteriorated quite as much as the thousands of people he had murdered, has it?

  • Commander Barkfeather

    Human compassion demands that he be given sunlight and the opportunity to communicate (within limits) with his wife. Then, throw away the key!

  • Peter Maiz

    He should have contact with his wife so he can hire a private attorney. Cells without windows are a form of torture. Even though Chapo’s activities were vicious, the U.S. is a country where human rights (?) and due process of law are paaramount, Chapo should not be tortured as that lowers the bar in the humanity we should all be concerned with.

  • K. Chris C.

    Who did he piss off at the CIA?

    An American citizen, not US subject.

  • jdwfinger

    if it was a black criminal he would have a better life with cable, good food , lots of sex and drugs, just another form of racism against a Mexican

  • jdwfinger

    would you say this if he was black, I don’t think so