American prisoners pledge loyalty to drugs baron 'El Chapo' after his extradition to USA

A gang of prisoners swear allegiance to 'El Chapo' at a US jail following the Mexican drug lord's extradition to America.

The motley crew of lags, speaking in Spanish, pledge to supply the notorious cartel boss, real name Joaquin Guzman, with women, drugs and mobile phones during his stay in prison .

One inmate, known as 'El Chaky', boasts in the video posted on YouTube that the infamous Mexican mob chief will have 3,500 'soldiers' at his service behind bars.

Referring to pint-sized El Chapo as 'sir', he crows: "The guards have been bought, the warden has been bought, and what you say is the law.

"Here everything is controlled, the warden I have bought, all the authorities have been bought."

The Federal Bureau of Prisons is probing the clip, which sees a number of jailbirds concealing their identities with scarfs, hats and sunglasses while offering their support to El Chapo .

It is believed to have been filmed at Taft Correctional Institution, a privately run nick in California - where state prosecutors want El Chapo on drug distribution charges.

The 59-year-old, who once infamously fled prison by riding a motorbike through a specially dug escape tunnel, also faces counts of murder and money laundering in Texas.

He is currently languishing in Manhattan's Metropolitan Correctional Center after arriving in New York amid super tight security following his extradition from Mexico earlier this month.

The Sinaloa drug cartel leader was recaptured after escaping prison in January last year.

The fugitive was caught after a fierce gun battle in Los Mochis, a city in northern Sinaloa, during which five of his men were killed.

He was one of six people arrested after a four-hour operation.

Mexican marines who led the mission came under heavy gunfire after cornering the gang in a house in the city.

As Guzman, nicknamed “Shorty” due to his height, was pinned down the drug lord tried to flee through a sewer but was then captured.

Six months earlier he disappeared through a 2ft wide hole in descending some 32 feet down a ladder from the Altiplano prison - 55 miles west of Mexico City .

The tunnel, which took a year to dig and was estimated to have cost £4million, was found equipped with ventilation ducts, running electricity to power strip lighting and stairs.

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Mexican druglord El Chapo asks judge to let him show up in person for court appearances

Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman, the extradited drug kingpin who pulled off past escapes from Mexican prison, wants out from jail for an upcoming court date — and for every future court date in his high-profile case.

Guzman is scheduled to have his next court appearance this Friday in a case that includes charges of drug trafficking, money laundering and involvement in 12 murder conspiracies.

Following two past prison breaks in Mexico, Guzman is being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan. The lockup has previously held defendants like Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, the 1993 World Trade Center bombing ringleader.

Brooklyn federal court Judge Brian Cogan said he expected the first hearing to be “brief and non-substantive,” so he was “inclined to have defendant present by video transmission only in order to minimize disruption from physical transportation.”

Guzman’s lawyers objected in a Monday filing. They asked for their client’s physical presence Friday and whenever the defense and prosecution met in court.

Guzman, held in solitary confinement, had a right to understand how the case would unfold and see the judge handling his case, wrote Michael Schneider and Michelle Gelernt of the Federal Defenders of New York.

This was especially necessary, given “the unusual nature of the extradition process,” they said.

While in Mexico, Guzman, 62, had been fighting the legality of extradition requests.

When he was put on a United States bound plane, Schneider and Gelernt said his lawyer in Mexico was waiting to meet with him, unaware of his client’s sudden departure.

“Guzman’s presence in court is necessary to ensure his faith in the fundamental fairness of the American judicial process,” they wrote.

Cogan gave prosecutors a Wednesday deadline to answer the defense objections.

The judge also asked for both sides to submit a list of the topics they intend to discuss at the court date.

Prosecutors are pressing for a $14 billion forfeiture from Guzman.

In court papers filed last week, they anticipated Guzman would hire his own lawyer. But if he stuck with appointed attorneys, the government asked Cogan to inquire on whether Guzman was financial eligible for an appointed lawyer.

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