El Chapo petitions judge to grant him more rights inside prison

Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán is griping about conditions in prison, asking a judge, among other things, to force the Metropolitan Correctional Center to sell him a real pair of earplugs — because he’s tired of stuffing toilet paper in his ears.

The convicted kingpin is also seeking access to outdoor exercise and bottled water in the newly filed court papers, which claim the old prison pipes are so moldy he can see and taste the detritus.

“Food and other commissary items are routinely withheld without apparent reason or explanation,” reads the Brooklyn federal court motion filed Thursday.

The 62-year-old was convicted in February on various drug trafficking charges, and is awaiting sentencing in the maximum security wing of the MCC, where he remains in an 8 x 10 cell without any access to natural light.

“Guzmán has also complained of daily headaches and ear pain,” the papers say. “In order to ease the pain, Mr. Guzmán has been using toilet paper as makeshift earplugs.”

“MCC New York was opened in 1975. The pipes are old, and Mr. Guzmán can taste and see mold coming out of the water faucet,” lawyer Mariel Colon writes. “While other inmates in the SHU unit receive water bottles and comestibles every week, or every other week, that is not the case for Mr. Guzmán.”

In the last six months Guzmán has received just 22 bottles of water, Colon writes.

Brooklyn federal court judge Brian Cogan has yet to rule on the motion.

Guzmán’s sentencing is scheduled for July.

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