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El Chapo wants to give £9.8bn drug fortune back to Mexico

Jailed for life: Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman PICTURE: EPA

MEXICAN druglord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman is said to have asked for his ill-gotten gains to be donated to his country’s indigenous communities.

The former head of the Sinaloa cartel, in jail in America, is being pursued for £9.8billion by authorities there who say he made that much in US sales.

But the crime boss is said to have told his mother, sister and daughters that he wants his riches to stay in Mexico.

He spoke to his family last month in the first phone calls he has been allowed to make from the maximum security prison in Colorado where he is serving a life sentence. And he asked them to tell the Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador that he wanted his money to go to indigenous people, his lawyer Jose Luis Gonzalez Meza said.

‘The most important thing is that he said he agreed the money the government of United States wanted to take from him should stay in Mexico, because Mexico owns it, as it was generated in the country,’ Mr Meza said.

He added he did not know the true value of the kingpin’s fortune.

El Chapo, 62, notorious for his daring prison escapes in Mexico, was jailed in July after a trial in New York.