El Chapo sentenced to Life in Prison

El Chapo, Guzman, Mexican Cartel

By:  N. Tru Bass

Email:  ntb@onenous.com


Primo drug trafficker and Mexican cartel leader Joquin Guzman Loera better known as El Chapo received a life sentence.  Wednesday morning a federal judge in New York City sentenced him and accused him of smuggling more than $12 billion worth of drugs and creating an environment of bloodshed and corruption.

The minimum sentence of the life term was mandated by law.  The 62 year old man was taken away preparing to spend the rest of his life behind bars.  Judge Brian M. Cogan described his crimes as “overwhelming evil.”  In addition to the life sentence he added an additional 30 years — he ordered him to pay $12.6 billion in forfeiture.   

El Chapo siad that he was not being treated fairly and had not received justice.  He said in court, “Since the government of the United States is going to send me to a prison where my name will never be heard again, I take advantage of this opportunity to say there was no justice here.”

Guzman spent decades as the head of the Sinalo drug cartel, a high flying criminal family based in Mexico, and investigated by the Mexican and American authorities.  His ability to evade capture is legendary.  El Chapo also escaped from prison after being apprehended.  He used bribery and intimidation to control local, state and federal police.

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