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'El Chapo' Guzman Is Willing to Plead Guilty to Drug Charges in U.S. — but He Has One Big Demand


"[We would ask for] favorable conditions..."

Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by army soldiers in Mexico City, Friday, Jan. 8, 2016. The world's most wanted drug lord was recaptured by Mexican marines Friday, six months after he fled through a tunnel from a maximum security prison in a made-for-Hollywood escape that deeply embarrassed the government and strained ties with the United States. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is willing to plead guilty to drug charges with just one important condition — he does not want to go to a "maximum-security prison" in the U.S.

Guzman's demand was expressed through his lawyer last week during an interview with Univision. The drug kingpin was recaptured in January after he escaped from a Mexican maximum-security prison for the second time.

Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Guzman "suggested to me the possible option of reaching an agreement with the United States government to consent to the extradition," Jose Refugio Rodriguez told the Spanish-language Univision, adding that Guzman would be "willing to accept his culpability for the charges [that] the United States seeks."

As Yahoo Finance noted, the on-camera interview was the first time Rodriguez had appeared on television in his 36 years as a litigator. 

"[We would ask for] favorable conditions in order to face legal proceedings in the United States ... Like? That he doesn't arrive at a maximum-security prison ... and [that he gets there] after the penalty is negotiated," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez continued to express that in order for his client to "renounce [his] right to a defense in Mexico," he would want not to be "held in a maximum-security prison where he would not have contact with other inmates or where he would not see the light of the sun for more than an hour a day."

He also said that Guzman "would not be on his knees" while talking with U.S. prosecutors because he "has many resources to combat extradition."

(H/T: Yahoo Finance)

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