Federal officials warned Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’s recent request for more outdoor activity may be part of a plan to escape from prison, CNN reports.
Guzmán was found guilty in February of charges including narcotics trafficking, using a firearm in furtherance of his drug crimes and participating in a money laundering conspiracy.
He has been detained in a federal prison in New York, where his lawyers have argued he is subject to “cruel and unusual” prison conditions, such as a lack of access to fresh air and natural light and having to use toilet paper as earplugs to ignore loud prison noise. They argue he needs more outdoor time.
The U.S. formally responded to the allegations on Thursday, saying that an attempted jailbreak took place at the prison in 1981, and because Guzmán has successfully escaped institutions in the past, outdoor time would be “problematic.” more