Thursday, 19 September, 2019

Drug lord 'El Chapo' sentenced to life in prison

Drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ sentenced to life in US prison Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman sentenced to life in prison
Patty Aguilar | 18 July, 2019, 12:36

The accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is seen in this courtroom sketch, waving to his wife Emma Coronel Aispuro, upon entering the courtroom on the day he was found guilty of smuggling tons of drugs to the United States, in Brooklyn federal court in NY, on February 12, 2019.

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Guzman was convicted in February of crimes spanning a quarter of a century, including trafficking hundreds of tons of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines and marijuana to the United States.

The 62-year-old drug lord was brought to the U.S.to stand trial after he twice broke out of Mexican prisons.

"My case was stained, and you denied me a fair trial when the whole world was watching", said Guzman.

He said Cogan failed to thoroughly investigate claims of juror misconduct in the case.

The evidence at an 11-week trial showed that Guzman's Sinaloa cartel was responsible for smuggling mountains of cocaine and other drugs into the United States during his 25-year reign, prosecutors said in recent court papers.

At a Culiacan chapel dedicated to the folk saint of drug smugglers, Jesus Malverde, vendors sell figurines of a mustachioed Guzman wielding a rifle and grenades as well as framed photos of the drug lord, right alongside colorful rosaries and images of Jesus Christ.

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.

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Tell us more about the stunning downfall of this notorious drug lord.

Wife Emma Coronel Aispuro. Guzman has also been kept under close guard at his appearances at the Brooklyn courthouse where his case unfolded. According to TMZ, Guzman has officially been sentenced to spend his life behind bars, learning his fate today.

But if the appeal is not successful, "then this will be the last time the public will see El Chapo", Colon told CNN.

Here are several others who would be housed alongside El Chapo.

The sentence- life plus 30 years- was pre-ordained.

Guzman is perhaps most famous for breaking out of two high-security Mexican prisons.

This comes after he was convicted of 10 counts of trafficking drugs into the USA through a Mexican cartel, which was responsible for multiple murders. The Mexican government says he blew his cover through a series of slipups, including an attempt to make a movie about his life.

US Federal Judge Brian Cogan tacked a symbolic 30 years onto the sentence and ordered Guzman to pay $12.6 billion in forfeiture - an amount based on a conservative estimate of revenues from his cartel's drug sales in the United States.

During the epic three-month trial in NY, jurors heard evidence from 56 government witnesses, with many describing in exacting detail the cartel boss beating, shooting and even burying alive those who got in his way, including informants and rival gang members.

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