El Chapo has visit from kids at high security prison as Christmas treat

El Chapo’s two youngest children visited the caged Mexican drug lord at his maximum security prison in the United States as a Christmas treat.

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was found guilty of running a brutal cartel that smuggled tonnes of drugs into the United States over three decades and was jailed for the rest of his life earlier this year.

He was found guilty by a jury in February at a federal court in Brooklyn, New York, of leading the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico.

El Chapo is being held in solitary confinement at a Colorado maximum security prison but for Christmas he has been able to have a visit from his two youngest children – twins Emali Guadalupe and Maria Joaquina.

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The prisoner’s lawyer Mariel Colon confirmed the visit for the first time by the two kids but said she could not reveal what was said in the encounter.

No physical contact was permitted but the lawyer said the opportunity gave El Chapo “an air of positivity, joy and (will) to keep fighting for his liberty so as to be with his children”.

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Ms Colon, who has been part of El Chapo’s legal team since the judicial process started in 2017 told Telemundo that the two girls travelled from Mexico to be with their dad.

She said: “For the girls it will have been difficult for them not to be able to hug their dad because the visit was behind glass.

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“Also for him to be behind the glass and not be able to get close to them will have been hard.”

The two children had last been able to see El Chapo during his trial in New York. They are the only two that are allowed to see the notorious drug lord with the rest of his family not permitted – including his wife Emma Coronel.

His wife has previously complained about the treatment El Chapo’s family has received in the press.

She reportedly said: “We are judged without people knowing anything about us, it is tough as at times you just want to have a normal life.”

A drug war is raging in Mexico between rival gangs including El Chapo’s Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco Nuevo Generacion Cartel which is now the biggest in the country which provides the main drug route into the United States.

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