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All Latin American drug lords have one fear in common: extradition to the United States.

But Mexican drug lord Joaqu√≠n ‚ÄúEl Chapo‚ÄĚ Guzm√°n reportedly wants¬†to go¬†to serve out his sentence in a¬†U.S. prison.

‚ÄúTry to obtain my extradition as fast as possible; try to see how we can talk to the American government,‚ÄĚ Chapo reportedly told his attorney, Jos√© Refugio Rodriguez, who spoke with¬†Radio F√≥rmula. Rodriguez said¬†prison guards are not allowing Chapo to sleep and that his client ‚Äúcan no longer stand it.‚ÄĚ

The lawyer's statement seems to support recent claims by Chapo's wife that Mexican authorities are abusing the imprisoned drug lord.

‚ÄúThey are there all day, doing cell checks¬†each hour. They don‚Äôt let him sleep, he doesn‚Äôt even have privacy to go to the bathroom,‚ÄĚ Emma Coronel, the kingpin's wife, said in a recent interview with Telemundo.

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The claims of abuse prompted Mexico‚Äôs National Security Commissioner Renato Sales to release a statement insisting that¬†Chapo‚Äôs human rights are being protected and that the inmate is "sleeping perfectly." Sales, did, however say¬†the drug lord is being subjected to ‚Äúspecial surveillance measures‚ÄĚ because of his history of escaping prison.

Chapo's lawyer told Radio Fórmula that if his client gets extradited he could plead guilty in exchange for a reduced sentence in the United States, something that would infuriate Mexican officials and the Mexican public opinion.

The U.S. Department of Justice declined to comment on the matter.

In late January, President Enrique Pe√Īa Nieto said he gave instructions to ‚Äúaccelerate‚ÄĚ Chapo's¬†extradition, but it‚Äôs unclear how far along the process is.