El Chapo on prison life: ‘They are turning me into a zombie’

Updated 9:41 AM EST, Wed February 17, 2016
new video el chapo booking pkg romo _00000505.jpg
new video el chapo booking pkg romo _00000505.jpg
Now playing
02:10
Video shows 'El Chapo' being booked
el chapo who is rs orig_00000406.jpg
el chapo who is rs orig_00000406.jpg
Now playing
00:57
Who is 'El Chapo'?
Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted into a helicopter at Mexico City's airport on January 8, 2016
ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted into a helicopter at Mexico City's airport on January 8, 2016
Now playing
01:40
Did Mexico deny Trump an 'El Chapo' victory?
Mexican Attorney General's Office
Now playing
01:11
Is this the new 'El Chapo'?
el chapo hideaways tunnels cuomo got shorty _00005819.jpg
el chapo hideaways tunnels cuomo got shorty _00005819.jpg
Now playing
01:06
Take a look at 'El Chapo' escape tunnels
Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted into a helicopter at Mexico City's airport on January 8, 2016
ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted into a helicopter at Mexico City's airport on January 8, 2016
Now playing
02:10
Jones, Lord debate timing of 'El Chapo' move
CNN
Now playing
01:45
Where does America's heroin come from?
mexico search for el chapo son romo pkg_00010909.jpg
Getty Images
mexico search for el chapo son romo pkg_00010909.jpg
Now playing
02:24
The search for El Chapo's kidnapped son
el chapo flirty text enhancement surgery brian todd pkg tsr_00004624.jpg
el chapo flirty text enhancement surgery brian todd pkg tsr_00004624.jpg
Now playing
02:27
'El Chapo's' infatuation with actress Kate del Castillo
sean penn el chapo intv charlie rose newday_00003922.jpg
CBS
sean penn el chapo intv charlie rose newday_00003922.jpg
Now playing
03:03
Sean Penn: I did not bring down 'El Chapo'
Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted to a helicopter at Mexico City's airport on January 8, 2016 following his recapture during an intense military operation in Los Mochis, in Sinaloa State. Mexican marines recaptured fugitive drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman on Friday in the northwest of the country, six months after his spectacular prison break embarrassed authorities.   AFP PHOTO / ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP / ALFREDO ESTRELLA        (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)
ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted to a helicopter at Mexico City's airport on January 8, 2016 following his recapture during an intense military operation in Los Mochis, in Sinaloa State. Mexican marines recaptured fugitive drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman on Friday in the northwest of the country, six months after his spectacular prison break embarrassed authorities. AFP PHOTO / ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP / ALFREDO ESTRELLA (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)
Now playing
01:10
'El Chapo' held under extreme security measures
mexico el chapo birthplace romo pkg_00015819.jpg
mexico el chapo birthplace romo pkg_00015819.jpg
Now playing
02:13
Code of silence reigns in 'El Chapo' birthplace
el chapo prison pictures mexico romo pkg_00001514.jpg
CarlosLoret.com
el chapo prison pictures mexico romo pkg_00001514.jpg
Now playing
02:43
First pics of 'El Chapo' in prison
el chapo sean penn breaks silence romo lklv_00001808.jpg
Rolling Stone
el chapo sean penn breaks silence romo lklv_00001808.jpg
Now playing
01:46
Penn: El Chapo article was a 'failure'
el chapo raid video romo nr_00014603.jpg
Mexican Government
el chapo raid video romo nr_00014603.jpg
Now playing
03:00
Bullets fly in raid that nets 'El Chapo'
Plaza de Armas
Now playing
01:56
Take a look at the hotel where 'El Chapo' was stowed

Story highlights

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman tells his lawyer guards aren't letting him sleep

"They are turning me into a zombie," the Sinaloa cartel boss said, according to his attorney

(CNN) —  

Now that he’s back in a maximum-security prison, notorious Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman isn’t happy about life behind bars, according to his attorney.

In an interview with Mexico’s Radio Formula on Tuesday, Guzman’s lawyer said the drug kingpin feels that he is a victim of “physical and mental torture” because guards wake him up so often.

“He told me, literally, ‘Every two hours, at night, they wake me up to take roll. … They are turning me into a zombie. They do not let me sleep. All I want is just for them to let me sleep,’ ” attorney Juan Pablo Badillo said.

Since authorities recaptured him last month, Guzman has been inside Altiplano prison in central Mexico. It’s the same facility he broke out of in July 2015, slipping out through a tunnel in a brazen escape after he took advantage of a blind spot in a cell where the camera couldn’t watch him. Now, according to reports, security measures have increased dramatically.

The prison has installed 400 new cameras. Authorities hope to add another 600 by April. According to a report in Mexico’s “El Universal” newspaper last month, motion sensors now monitor his every move, dogs have been trained to detect his scent stand guard and prison floors have been reinforced with steel rods.

When he spoke with Guzman for about 25 minutes on Monday, Badillo told the Mexican radio station that his client also told him that a dog had been guarding his prison cell.

But sleep deprivation was what Guzman was most concerned about, Badillo said.

“’ It is brutal torture,’ he told me,” Badillo said. “This is what was done by Stalin in the ‘40s and ‘50s in Russia.”

The lawyer’s comments drew swift criticism, even as the show aired Tuesday morning.

The show’s host read what he said was a response from a listener: “So now ‘El Chapo’ is yet another victim of the system. And the thousands of people who he had killed and who he poisoned with his drugs, who is protecting them?”

Guzman’s lawyer responded that such accusations against him must be better substantiated.

Mexican officials have said they’re doing everything they can to make sure Guzman doesn’t escape again and that the drug lord eventually will be extradited to the United States to face charges there.

Badillo said he didn’t have much time during his short visit with Guzman on Monday to discuss the possibility of extradition.

“He said, ‘We have to talk about it. But I want to be judged by Mexican laws.’ “

Nicknamed “Shorty” for his height, Guzman has been indicted in seven U.S. jurisdictions.

In the past, Mexican officials had bristled at the idea of extraditing him. But after his recapture this year, they were swift to say they’d be willing to send him to the United States to face charges.

CNN’s Emily Smith contributed to this report.