El Chapo Sentenced To Life and 13 Billion Dollar Fine

Drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ sentenced to life in US prison

His conviction included crimes such as narcotics trafficking, using a firearm in drug crimes and money laundering.

Guzman claimed that he did not receive a fair trial because he was a victim of his own "fame". Judge Brian Cogan imposed the sentence of life plus 30 years, at a hearing in federal court in Brooklyn.

Prosecutors said Guzman was responsible for smuggling at least 200 tons of cocaine into the United States and a wave of killings in turf wars with other cartels.

According to CNBC, "El Chapo", real name Joaquin Guzman Loera, must also give up $12.6 billion.

Guzman, who was convicted in February 2019 on multiple conspiracy counts in an epic drug-trafficking case, was sentenced to life behind bars in a USA prison, Wednesday, July 17, 2019.

He was seized again in 2014, but pulled off his best known escape the following year when he disappeared into a ventilated, mile-long tunnel dug into his cell in a maximum-security prison.

Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, Guzman's long-time partner, is believed to have taken over Sinaloa Cartel operations since Guzman's capture in 2016 and consolidated power for the cartel, which is the biggest drug distributor on US streets.

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

At Supermax, Guzman will be housed in a cell 23 hours a day with one hour in another cell for exercise.

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Guzman has been largely cut off from the outside world since his extradition in 2017.

"The long road that brought "El Chapo" Guzman Loera to a United States courtroom is lined with drugs, death, and destruction, but ends today with justice", Assistant Attorney General Bryan Benczkowski said in a statement after the sentencing.

El Chapo said during the trial his time in solitary confinement was akin to "mental torture".

Guzman, 62, was convicted in February on multiple conspiracy counts in an epic drug-trafficking case.

"What we've really been discussing more is the appeal", Colon said. He also alleged that the jurors allowed media accounts of the trial to influence their thinking.

- 1993 - Guzman is arrested in Guatemala and extradited to Mexico two weeks after hired gunmen killed a Roman Catholic cardinal they mistook for him.

While the trial was dominated by Guzman's persona as a near-mythical outlaw who carried a diamond-encrusted handgun and stayed one step ahead of the law, the jury never heard from Guzman himself, except when he told the judge he wouldn't testify. U.S. Attorney Fajardo Orsha of the Southern District of Florida said in a statement: "The impact of keeping former Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin Guzman Loera behind bars, for the rest of his life, can not be overstated: the world will now be shielded from his brutality".

After the sentencing his defense attorney, Jeffrey Litchman, spoke to reporters outside the courthouse and claimed that Guzman was set up by other drug traffickers who had become government witnesses.

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