Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman seen in his mexican jail cell, is on trail in New York. It is reported that he has ‘inspired’ a new group of “hitmen” warning U.S. law enforcement they are ready to bust him out of prison
In 2015 Guzman broke out from the Altiplano Maxium-Security prison in Almoloya de Juarez, Toluca, Mexico through a motorized tunnel
Despite his status as the world’s biggest drug trafficker, he’s best known for his two daring prison escapes in Mexico, although he was recaptured both times.
During the three-minute video, the prisoners hid their faces behind black sunglasses, hats and bandannas inside the small, sparsely furnished cell.
In the video the men can be seen taking turns speaking to the camera in Spanish, boasting about having total control over the prison and enjoying free access to women, cellphones and drugs.
The leader of the group, identified only as “Chucky,” claims he has “bought” off all the prison guards and seemed sure that Guzman would wind up there.
“Everything is ready for you. What you say is the law. Here you have more than 3,500 soldiers,” Chucky says in the video to the Sinaloa drug cartel, which Guzman ran for decades, murdering his way to the top of the drug world.
In the video the man calling himself Chucky boasted
“In this prison, I run things,” he said. “Here, everything is controlled.” He alleged that inmates have smuggled cellphones, female companions and drugs into the prison.
Agents stand guard outside the Brooklyn Federal courthouse on Jan 19 when ‘El Chapo’ made his first appearance
Security cordon around the courthouse on Jan 19
He also claimed other inmates have successfully escaped from the prison.
Federal officials were disturbed by the video, issuing a statement to the LA Times.
“Upon learning of the video, BOP oversight staff on-site at the facility began working with the contractor to investigate the allegations of irregularities at the facility,” said Jill Tyson, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
U.S. law enforcement all along apparently have been cognizant of both suicide breakout attempts as well as, the more clandestine schemes.
Fearing the scenario of his cartel members attempting a brazen and likely bloody breakout of the drug lord, U.S. authorities decided that Guzman will appear via video at his subsequent court dates in Brooklyn due to safety concerns for the marshals who have to transport him, sources said.
El Chapo with NYPD officer Diana Spangenberg who was promoted to detective on Friday. She was reportedly, instrumental to his capture in Mexico
One law enforcement source expressed this general concern::“God forbid they transport him and there’s a plan in place by his people to break him free. They get into a shootout in broad daylight with El Chapo’s gunmen,” the source said. “Lots of lives are at stake, mainly that of law enforcement, innocent bystanders on the street.”
Security is a big concern around El Chapo: Armed agents surround Manhattan Correctional Center on his arrival from Mexico
Guzman has twice escaped from maximum security facilities in Mexico. He broke out from high-security Mexican prison in 2001 by hiding in a load of laundry. He remained on the run for 13 years until he was recaptured in Mexico in February 2014. Again, in July 2015, he fled a maximum-security prison near Mexico City through an underground tunnel. He was recaptured the last time in January 2016, at Los Mochis.
Extradited to the New York early this month, his trial is being held in Brooklyn federal court. He has been charged with a 17-count indictment and faces life in a federal prison if convicted.