Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán has been moved to a prison in Juarez, Mexico. The location is of interest because it is close to the U.S. border and since the infamous drug lord’s lawyers are reportedly fighting his extradition to the United States.
Reports USA Today:
Mexican authorities moved Guzman, who twice made daring escapes from Mexican prisons, to a facility in Cuidad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas.
A security official who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity did not explain why Guzman was transferred from a maximum-security facility near Mexico City. Jose Refugio Rodriguez, an attorney for Guzman, said Mexican authorities did not notify his defense team.
“I don’t know what the strategy is,” Refugio told the AP. “I can’t say what the government is thinking.”
Guzman’s lawyers are fighting an attempt to extradite him to the United States, where he faces multiple charges.
Mexican government officials said later Saturday that the transfer was because of security upgrades being made at the prison where he was previously held. They told Reuters it was not a step toward extradition.
Mexican official have denied that El Chapo is being prepped for extradition.
El Chapo’s life is coming to the small screen—Narcos co-creator Chris Brancato is creating a show based on the drug lord’s exploits called #Cartel.
But bruh, if El Chapo somehow finesses a third escape…