Inmates vow to bust El Chapo out of prison
Notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has a new group of “hitmen” ready to bust him out of prison, according to a new report.
Five tough-talking inmates shot a video inside a cell at the federal lockdown in Taft, California, revealing their plans to help Guzman escape if he’s convicted of his American crimes and sent to their institution.
“We are the hitmen who are going to take care of him,” one of the prisoners warned, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.
“We want to tell the people this: If you bring ‘el señor’ here and if ‘el señor’ asks us to free him, we are going to take him out immediately,’” all five men pledge, speaking in Spanish.
Guzman, 59, was extradited from Mexico to New York last week to face trial on drug-trafficking and other related charges. He was also charged with federal crimes in several other states, including California.
Despite his status as the world’s biggest drug trafficker, he’s best known for his two Houdini-like prison escapes in Mexico. 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.
They took 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 Daily Mail reported.
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.
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.
Guzman faces life in a federal prison if convicted on the 17-count indictment in Brooklyn federal court.