Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has for a long time been one of the most notorious drug lords in the world, mainly because of his huge drug trafficking network and uncanny ways of eluding justice. Presently in incarceration in a prison in Juarez, his organization, the Sinaloa Cartel, is said to be losing control in areas that were previously under its influence. His recapture earlier this year is said to have it more vulnerable to attacks from rival cartels.
Presently, El Chapo is awaiting extradition to the United States, with the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn being reported to be his next stop once the process becomes successful. The following is an excerpt from CNN indicating this.
“The [Metropolitan Detention Center is the] largest federal detention center, with inmates deemed ‘extremely dangerous, violent, or escape-prone,’ according to the U.S. Justice Department.
“So observers were understandably surprised when, through his attorney, reputed drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman recently expressed a desire to be extradited to the United States. The lawyer has since changed his tone.
“A Houdini-like master of escape in his native Mexico, Guzman could be sent to the Brooklyn lockup, where he will stay while he stands trial on federal charges, according to American officials. They have been preparing his transfer for months.”
According to Esteban Gonzalez, a former prisoner at the facility, El Chapo Guzman is unlikely to escape via a tunnel as he did in Altiplano prison. The following was his exact statement in relation to this, “I can tell you that. Once those metal doors close behind him, it’s pretty much over”.
The report was released in August this year, three months before Donald Trump was declared the winner of the United States presidential elections. And just in July last year, Donald Trump was reported to have called on the FBI to carry out investigations on apparent threats against him.
This was after tweeting that he would kick El Chapo’s butt, and getting a chilling response from an unofficial Twitter account allegedly connected to the drug lord. The tweet from the El Chapo account read, “Keep f**king around, and I’ll make you eat all of your god**n words, f**king whitey f****t @realDonaldTrump,” in Spanish.
In consequence, Donald Trump beefed up his security, stating, “We have officials all over the place, including right outside hanging out in trees.” At the time El Chapo had just escaped from Altiplano prison via a mile-long tunnel. Regardless of the threat, Trump continued with his rants about El Chapo, mostly in connection with his political nemesis, Hillary Clinton. The following was one of them.
“Can you envision Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton negotiating with ‘El Chapo,’ the Mexican drug lord who escaped from prison?”
Trump also mused at El Chapo’s interview with Sean Penn, saying, “It was sort of amazing the way he [Sean Penn] got in there [Mexico] and all of the people that are looking for him couldn’t find him and here’s a guy sitting down with a rather long interview. So I don’t know, I guess we have bigger problems in this country.”
This is as reported by The Hill. In Sean Penn’s Rolling Stone revelation about his meeting with the then-fugitive drug lord, he also apparently asked him about Donald Trump, and his answer, “Ah! Mi amigo,” albeit in an ironical tone, but that’s all he said. According to El Chapo’s wife Emma Coronel Aispuro, she stated in March this year that her husband did not issue threats against Donald Trump, stating, “[Trump] gives himself too much importance, [Guzmán] would be incapable of threatening anyone, even him.” This was during her interview with Univision. You can check out the video below.
Following Donald Trump’s victory at the elections, a Twitter account apparently connected to the drug lord offered the following statement.
“The representative of hatred, confrontation, racism, persecution and misogyny that is so palpable in the world won. What a sad situation for everyone.”
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