It’s almost impossible for notorious drug trafficker Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to get private lawyers here in the U.S. According to his attorneys he is getting better treatment than in Mexico. At least, that’s what one of his attorneys says.
News Center 23’s Adriana Candelaria spoke with the attorney who represented Guzman right before he was extradited. The attorney tells why she thinks Guzman was brought to the U.S.
“I think he was brought to the United States because our government declared itself incompetent.”
Silvia Delgado, an attorney for Joaquin Guzman, better known as “El Chapo” visited the notorious drug trafficker once a week for seven months while he was being closely monitored at a top security prison along the border in Juarez.
“He’s a person who has always been conscious that he had allegations in Mexico and conscious there were allegations in the United States,” said Delgado.
The last time Delgado talked with Guzman, she told him the extradition had not been approved.
“He didn’t know he would be extradited.”
She says Guzman’s extradition happened so quickly, she wasn’t even aware it would happen that day.
“This was evidently planned by both governments,” said Delgado.
Delgado says she still hasn’t been shown the official document for Guzman’s extradition.
The attorney, who was hired by Guzman when he arrived at Cefereso No. 9 federal prison in Ciudad Juarez, has a theory Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto influenced the extradition.
“I think the president of the republic must have intervened in this case for this extradition. You can’t permit a president to act like a king.”
Guzman pleaded not guilty to charges of running a massive drug trafficking ring that laundered billions of dollars, and charges of overseeing murders and kidnappings. We asked if she though “El Chapo” has done anything wrong.
“I don’t know. I defended an agriculturalist. I have to believe what the client tells me. If the client tells me ‘I’m an agriculturalist’ if the client hires me to defend him, that’s what I’m going to do.”
Currently Delgado says Guzman gets privileges he didn’t get in Mexico, such as going outside for one hour to do exercise.
He’s also allowed to see his U.S. attorneys for three hours every day compared to her weekly visits.
Delgado says as a result of the better treatment, his health condition has improved.