Feds Fear Assassination, Escape If Drug Lord Allowed On Rooftop Gym

09/18/2011 09:58 am ET | Updated Nov 18, 2011
  • Chicago Sun-Times

Federal prosecutors are opposed to letting an alleged Mexican drug kingpin exercise on the rooftop of a high-rise jail in the Loop because they fear an assassin might try to kill him or he might attempt to escape.

Vicente Zambada-Niebla is the son of one of Mexico's biggest drug lords and is a defendant here in one of the highest profile drug prosecutions in the nation. His lawyers have asked the court to let him have outdoor recreation. Currently, he's allowed to use an indoor gym five hours a week.

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