Mexican Journalist: 'El Chapo' Turned Prison Cell Into An Office

Image: A view of drug lord Guzman's cell inside the Altiplano Federal Penitentiary, where he escaped from, in Almoloya de Juarez
A view of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's cell inside the Altiplano Federal Penitentiary, where he escaped from, in Almoloya de Juarez, on the outskirts of Mexico City, July 15, 2015. U.S. law enforcement officials met with agents of the Mexican attorney general's office this week to share information related to the escape from prison of Guzman and coordinate efforts to apprehend him, a Mexican government official said on Wednesday. REUTERS/Edgard GarridoEDGARD GARRIDO / Reuters

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Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who fled from a maximum-security prison in his country one month ago, had been using his cell as an office, for business and personal use, according to acclaimed Mexican journalist Anabel Hernandez.

El Chapo’s chief attorney would relate messages to him using signs and codes, according to Jose Daniel Aurioles Tabares, one of two guards specifically designated to monitor every move and conversation “El Chapo” made.

“All the appointments ‘El Chapo’ had in prison were recorded,” according to Hernandez who sat down with Telemundo’s Cristina Londoño, in Berkeley, California where Hernandez has been living after receiving death threats in Mexico.

Hernandez, who has covered drug trafficking for decades, obtained documents from a Federal Criminal Court in Mexico, which contains internal information and testimonies from officials and prisoners about the notorious escape of “El Chapo.” Telemundo could not independently confirm the documents Hernandez has in her possession

The documents refer to three attorneys and a chauffeur who pretended to be a lawyer, who had different tasks in order to make it possible for “El Chapo” to continue running the Sinaloa Cartel.

According to Hernandez, “El Chapo” maintained connections to judges, politicians, and celebrities and held in-person, work-related meetings with similar professionals who were prison inmates.

He even told a member of the rival cartel “Los Zetas,” who Hernandez affirms was once "El Chapo's" archenemy, that he would lend him a plane to purchase merchandise, and that he should contact his people.

The Mexican government said they could not respond to Telemundo’s request to comment on the case because it is under investigation.