El Chapo Arrives to U.S.
Photo provided by U.S. Government

Are The Feds Trying to Drive El Chapo Insane?

Attorneys for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the notorious drug lord who’s twice escaped from captivity, have filed court documents asking that the cartel kingpin be transferred to general population at Metropolitan Correctional Center, the federal prison in downtown Manhattan where he’s currently being held. It’s the same jail that housed Gambino crime family boss John Gotti and 1993 World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Ahmed Yousef.

El Chapo was extradited to the U.S. from Mexico in January and now faces a 17-count international drug-trafficking case. He had previously escaped a prison in Mexico via underground tunnels he ordered constructed and a custom built motorcycle.

El Chapo has been in solitary confinement since his extradition and his attorneys are claiming that spending 23 hours in a windowless cell is starting to have serious psychological effects on their client. He’s not allowed to talk to or be visited by his wife, and conversations with his attorneys are limited and monitored.

According to court documents, El Chapo is only permitted one hour of solitary exercise in a cell that contains a treadmill and a stationary bicycle (better than that motorbike he rode to freedom through a secret underground tunnel a few years ago). He’s never allowed outside—except for when a motorcade escorts him to and from court—and his only means of telling the difference between night and day is a clock that he purchased. That clock, however, was taken from his cell without explanation.

According to the filed documents, the lights inside his cell are always on and he isn’t given proper clothing to keep warm.

At a hearing last month his attorneys argued that he was sometimes even denied drinking water. During that same hearing, U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan said that Guzman’s case is “complex and unusual,” and he would “defer security arrangements to the Justice Department and the Metropolitan Correctional Center.”

El Chapo’s attorney later told reporters that giving him a glass of water wasn’t going to “to effectuate his escape.”

Speaking of El Chapo, here’s a song by 2 Chainz:


Related Posts


Experience Virtual Solitary Confinement in ‘6×9’


El Chapo Doesn’t Play, Judge in Case Executed Outside His Home


Mexico Celebrates Trump Inauguration by Sending El Chapo to the States


Zodiac Killer Ted Cruz Wants El Chapo’s Money To Fund Trump’s Wall


Bronx Woman Sues NYC Over Abuse and Solitary Confinement at Rikers Island


Latest News

nas-rapture Film


Mass Appeal’s new Netflix series premieres this weekend at SXSW
same Hot Takes

It Was a Type Beat Year

The search for something new in a year of sameness
shea serrano Features

Shea Serrano Quit His Teaching Job, Now He Has Two Best Sellers and Two TV Shows

"It is funny to just walk in and just be a Mexican, because I’m usually the only one there"
mf doom Features

The 10 Best DOOM Songs of 2017, Ranked

Even after 'The Missing Notebook Rhymes' went missing, the masked villain still caused havoc
worst cops Features

The Worst Cops of 2017

The hall of shame
donald trump Features

32 Songs That Dissed Donald Trump in 2017

The "F.D.T." wave
lil peep News

R.I.P. Gus, Long Live Lil Peep

Resisting nostalgia at the speed of the internet
88 rising Features

Sean Miyashiro of 88rising Connected the Cultures

With 1.25 million YouTube subscribers and a gang of talent, 88rising controlled the new East-West flow
eminem Video

Eminem By the Numbers

You may know how many f*cks he gives, but what about the other crucial figures from Slim Shady's career?
tape Features

Why 2017 Was Rap’s Year of the Tape

Seven labels explain why they're still rewinding cassettes back
safdie brothers Features

The Safdie Brothers Got Gritty as 2017’s Filmmakers to Watch

"You might not like the feeling that you're feeling, but you can still be entertained by that feeling."
best albums Features

The 25 Best Albums of 2017

The essential sounds that defined one very strange year
hey arnold Humor

Everything About Christmas is Awful, Except the ‘Hey Arnold!’ Special

The one redeeming thing about this trash holiday
combat-jack Features

Knowledge Darts Vol. 32: Winter Solstice

I never got to say thank you
jeezy Video

Open Space: Jeezy

"You can’t just crush a diamond with a rock. It’s hard, it’s tough. But it’s bright."

Rhythm Roulette: Boi-1da

The wait is over