Joaquin Guzman, also known as El Chapo the Mexican drug lord, will spend the rest of his life in a prison in the United States after he escaped from maximum-security prisons in Mexico twice, according to a federal judge who accused El Chapo of overwhelming evil on Wednesday.
The judge also said that even if the law gave Guzman any chance of getting away, he would have imposed the hardest sentence available, adding that any redeeming qualities El Chapo might have were erased by his overwhelming evil actions.
El Chapo was convicted of trafficking a lot of cocaine, marijuana and heroin. He was also suspected as the main organizer of several murders. Guzman was the leader of the Sinaloa Carel which is maybe the biggest and most violent drug organization in Mexico and around the world.
But due to the financial situation of his poor mountain village, El Chapo was like a hero for someone as the local people portrayed him in a Robin Hood image.
He has been held in solitary confinement in the Metropolitan Correctional Center, a fortress-like jail in lower Manhattan. Cogan last month rejected Guzman’s request for more time to exercise on the jail’s roof after prosecutors said that would risk an escape. Guzman, who recently grew a mustache, complained about the terms of his confinement before his sentence was handed down, according to Reuters.
“It has been psychological, emotional, mental torture 24 hours a day. Since the government of the United States is going to send me to a prison where my name will not ever be heard again, I take advantage of this opportunity to say there was no justice here,’’ said El Chapo.
U.S Attorney Richard Donoghue talked on a news conference outside the Brooklyn courthouse as he said:
“Never again will Guzman pour prison over our border, making billions while innocent lives are lost to drug violence and addiction. We can ensure that he spends every minute of every day of the rest of his life in prison.’’