WATCH | A handful of California prisoners pledge to protect Mexican drug lord El Chapo.
Nearly a week after Mexican officials announced the extradition of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, a group of inmates have vowed to rescue the drug lord and help him escape.
The roughly-four minute video shows five men with partially concealed faces broadcasting their message in Spanish.
“We are the hitmen who are going to take care of him,” one inmate said in Spanish, according to a translation provided by the Los Angeles Times.
“We want to tell the people this: If you bring ‘el señor’ here and if ‘el señor’ asks us to free him, we are going to take him out immediately," an inmate declared.
The self-proclaimed leader of the group, "Chucky," said the men enjoy access to drugs, cellphones (which shot the video), and women.
“In this prison, I run things,” he said. “Here, everything is controlled.”
The video, which has been watched nearly 300,000 times on YouTube, began circulating after El Chapo was extradited to the United States. Prior to his extradition, the head of the Sinaloa cartel made headlines for escaping a maximum security prison in Mexico for the third time. He's currently being held in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City--known for housing past inmates such as close associates of Osama bin Laden and Mafia boss John Gotti, Fox News reported.
The video, according to spokesman Jill Tyson, was shot in a privately operated prison under contract with the Federal Bureau of Prisons--a partnership in which the Obama administration vowed to phase out for its lack of oversight, CBS News reported.
“Upon learning of the video, BOP oversight staff on-site at the facility began working with the contractor to investigate the allegations of irregularities at the facility,” Tyson said.
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