MEXICO CITY — The common-law wife of drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán says his health problems have gotten “a lot worse” because guards at a maximum-security prison rouse him for head counts, interfering with his sleep.
Emma Coronel Aispuro is the mother of Guzmán’s twin daughters. She told the Radio Formula station that Guzmán is having problems with nervousness and anxiety, because he isn’t sleeping at the Altiplano prison west of Mexico City.
Authorities have been waking Guzmán every few hours for head counts. He embarrassed authorities by escaping the prison in July 2015 and was recaptured in January.
Coronel said she thought authorities were trying to kill Guzmán.
Coronel quoted Guzmán as saying he wasn’t allowed to exercise in open air, but doesn’t care and only wants to be allowed to sleep.
Renato Sales, the National Security Commissioner, acknowledges that there have been changes to protocol surrounding the drug lord Joaquín Guzmán, but rejects the idea that there have been any human rights violations against him.