Convicted Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ Says No Phone Calls or Visits Allowed in Prison

Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán, the infamous Mexican drug lord, is alleging that he is unable to receive phone calls or visits while serving a life sentence in a high-security prison in the United States.

In late March, El Chapo expressed his frustration with not being allowed to communicate with his twin girls in a letter he sent to District Court Judge Brian M. Cogan in the Eastern District of New York. He claimed he had not had contact with his girls in seven months since the facility disallowed calls. Staff informed him that an FBI agent who usually answers the calls does not respond when he inquires when he and his girls will get a call.

El Chapo said his kids could only come see him during school breaks as they are in school in Mexico.

Last week, Cogan denied his phone calls. He said that the United States Bureau of Prisons (BOP) was in charge of all arrangements.

According to Guzmán, this is the worst kind of prejudice he has ever experienced. They have chosen to isolate him from his girls as a kind of punishment.

Reports show that Guzmán, widely recognized as the most infamous drug lord in Mexico, was found guilty of operating a massive smuggling enterprise in a New York court on February 12, 2019.

During his 25-year rule, Guzmán oversaw a cartel that allegedly imported massive quantities of cocaine alongside other narcotics into the US. Several killings and drug smuggling operations throughout the US occurred when he was in charge of the Sinaloa cartel, which is among the largest drug trafficking groups in the world.

Before serving his life term in the Administrative Maximum U.S. Penitentiary (ADX) in Florence, Colorado, El Chapo made headlines for escaping from various Mexican jails.

El Chapo escaped from Mexico’s Puente Grande jail in 2001.  The authorities suspect that he paid inmates to take down the surveillance cameras, put him in a laundry cart, and then transport him out.

In 2015, El Chapo broke out of the Altiplano Federal Penitentiary using a mile-long tunnel specially constructed for his escape. A motorbike mounted on rails was used to clear dirt from the tunnel. El Chapo’s cronies and jail authorities allegedly worked together to build the tunnel, which was concealed from the cell’s surveillance camera.