Published: Fri, July 19, 2019

El Chapo: Life Imprisonment for the Mexican "Drug Emperor"

El Chapo: Life Imprisonment for the Mexican

The 62-year-old, who had been protected in Mexico by an army of gangsters and an elaborate corruption operation, was brought to the USA to stand trial after he twice escaped from Mexican prisons.

- February 22, 2014 - Guzman is captured without incident in a predawn raid on a seaside condominium in Sinaloa. Cogan also ordered Guzman to repay $12.6 billion, money his drug-trafficking organization made distributing cocaine and other drugs throughout the U.S.

As the former leader of the world's largest drug-trafficking organization Sinaloa Cartel, Guzman has smuggled over 12 billion USA dollar worth of heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, and cocaine from Mexico into the United States over the years, according to federal prosecutors.

Guzman told the court before his sentencing that his case was "stained" by juror misconduct.

"El Chapo" had been found guilty of masterminding an industrial-level smuggling criminal gang in February.

"What we've really been discussing more is the appeal", Colon said.

Guzman left a bloody trail in Mexico's drug wars even as he became a hometown hero while amassing a fortune in illicit proceeds valued by Forbes magazine in 2009 at $1 billion and by US prosecutors this month at $12.7 billion.

Prosecutors said Guzman will be serving his sentence behind "tons of steel", a reference to a heavily guarded jail in Colorado. Prosecutors have called him a "ruthless and bloodthirsty leader" of the Sinaloa cartel and are seeking a life sentence.

Guzman told U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan before he was sentenced Wednesday that he was denied a fair trial. He also has been asked by the U.S. government to fork over $12.6 billion. They have already asked Cogan to overturn it, citing a report that jurors disobeyed court rules by reading news reports about the case during the trial, but the judge rejected that request.

Emma Coronel Aispuro walked into the heavily guarded federal courthouse in Brooklyn on Wednesday as Joaquin Guzman prepared to learn his fate for running a murderous drug-trafficking ring.

Among those calling the prison home are "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski, Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, Terry Nichols from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, "Shoe Bomber" Richard Reid, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and Ramzi Yousef from the 1993 World Trade Center bombing in NY.

"He's going to Supermax, I'm sure, in Colorado", Guzman lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman told CNN's "New Day" the day after he was convicted.

The highly-anticipated hearing could be his last chance to speak publicly before spending the rest of his life behind bars at a maximum security USA prison.

Despite Guzman's downfall, the Sinaloa Cartel had the biggest U.S. distribution presence of Mexican cartels as of a year ago, followed by the fast-growing Jalisco New Generation Cartel, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

The government said he eventually blew his cover through a number of slip-ups, including trying to make a movie about his life - even meeting Hollywood actor Sean Penn for an interview while he was on the run. The defense said he was framed.

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