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N.Y. prisons ‘will be ready’ if El Chapo is extradited

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Friday, January 8, 2016, 9:17 PM

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Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman is charged in a Brooklyn indictment with money laundering and 12 murders.

El Chapo can fuggetabout busting out of Brooklyn.

If the notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman is extradited to New York City to face a 21-count indictment in the Eastern District of New York, he will have a choice of accommodations at two maximum security prisons.

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The Metropolitan Detention Center in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan are designed for special missions, including “the containment of extremely dangerous, violent, or escape-prone inmates,” according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

Because of Guzman's economic resources and history of escapes from Mexican prisons, he would likely be kept in solitary confinement.Plaza de Armas/AFP/Getty Images

Because of Guzman’s economic resources and history of escapes from Mexican prisons, he would likely be kept in solitary confinement.

Federal marshals and court security in Brooklyn have vast experience with cartel kingpins, high-security terrorism suspect and high-value informants with prices on their heads.

“We will be ready,” said Charles Dunne, chief U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of New York.

Because of Guzman’s economic resources and history of escapes from Mexican prisons, he would likely be kept in solitary confinement. He’s charged in a Brooklyn indictment with money laundering and 12 murders.

Mexican authorities have had trouble for years keeping the 57-year-old Sinaloa Cartel chief behind bars. He slipped away in 2001 while serving a 20-year stint, and was able to escape the maximum security Altiplano prison west of Mexico City on July 11.

The U.S. had filed requests for extradition on June 25.

Nellin McIntosh, spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, said a joint request from three prosecutors would seek to try Guzman in their jurisdiction.

American politicians joined the chorus of people seeking Guzman stateside.

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The Metropolitan Detention Center in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, is one of two maximum security prisons here that could house El Chapo. 

“Given that ‘El Chapo’ has already escaped from Mexican prison twice, this third opportunity to bring him to justice cannot be squandered,” GOP presidential candidate and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said.

“Congratulations to the Mexican Navy on the capture of El Chapo,” Arizona Sen. John McCain wrote on Twitter. “Now let’s extradite him to the US.”


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