Updated 02:39 PM EST, Tue, Jan 25, 2022

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Willing to Be Incarcerated in U.S.

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Captured Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has stated that he is willing to be extradited to the United States. Indeed, such a thing is good news, especially since the United States has been trying to get the drug lord onto U.S. soil in order to properly try him for a number of crimes, including drug trafficking and murder.

Before everyone gets all celebratory, however, "El Chapo" has some demands. He doesn't mind being sent to and incarcerated in the United States at all, provided, of course, that he be kept in a medium-security prison.

That's right. The elusive "El Chapo" wants to be incarcerated in a U.S. prison that only has medium-level security. Considering the fact that the notorious drug kingpin has willingly stated his intentions to go the United States, there is only one problem with his request.

During his past stints in Mexican prisons, he managed to garner a notorious reputation for being a prisoner with a nasty tendency to escape. He has, after all, managed to initiate not one, but two successful escapes from maximum security prisons in the past.

From the time he escaped in 2001 after bribing prison guards, to his daring escape through a tunnel under his cell in 2015, "El Chapo" Guzman has proven to be the type of criminal who just could not resist the temptation of freedom. Thus, his demand for a medium-security prison in the United States is quite suspicious.

Hi lawyer, Jose Refugio Rodriguez, begs to differ. According to the attorney, Guzman's request is simply a means for him to be transferred to a state where he could be treated in a more humane manner. Recently, Guzman has told his lawyers that prison guards have been so intent on watching his every move that he could not even get any sleep.

Of course, with Guzman's reputation, such a measure might be necessary. For his attorney, however, the measures the prison is taking are simply a bit too much.

"Tell me what person could tolerate not sleeping," Rodriguez said.

From the attorney's point of view, the treatment his client is receiving from the Mexican Altiplano Federal Prison is tantamount to "physical and mental torture."

Guzman's lawyer is not alone in the allegations, with his wife, former beauty queen Emma Coronel Aispuro also stating that she is currently fearing for her husband's life as long as he in Altiplano Prison.

"I am afraid for his life. They want to make him pay for his escape. They say that they are not punishing him. Of course, they are. They don't let him sleep. He has no privacy, not even to go to the restroom," she said.

Mexico's Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong has denied such claims, however, simply stating that finally, Guzman is simply being treated for what he is: a criminal behind bars.

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