Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the infamous drug kingpin often known as El Chapo, was sentenced on Wednesday to life in jail for his convictions on federal drug, homicide, and cash laundering costs earlier this yr. The sentence marks the top of a 30-year drug trafficking profession that noticed Guzmán rise to the highest of Mexico’s notorious Sinaloa drug cartel.
Addressing the court docket at his sentencing listening to on the Federal District Court docket in Brooklyn, New York, Guzmán stated he had not been given a good trial and complained about being held in solitary confinement at Manhattan’s federal correctional facility earlier than and through his three-month trial. He characterised his incarceration there as “psychological, emotional and psychological torture 24 hours a day.”
“Because the authorities of the US goes to ship me to a jail the place my title won’t ever be heard once more, I make the most of this chance to say there was no justice right here,” he stated.
Decide Brian M. Cogan then imposed the life sentence, obligatory beneath federal regulation as a result of nature of the “overwhelmingly evil” crimes, plus 30 years. Though Cogan didn’t specify the place Guzmán will serve his sentence, he’s anticipated to be incarcerated at the US Penitentiary Administrative Most Facility, or ADX, in Florence, Colo.
Guzmán was additionally ordered to pay an astronomical $12.6 billion in asset forfeiture, the estimated worth of the medicine he smuggled into the US, in response to federal prosecutors.
El Chapo Captured Three Occasions
Guzmán spent a long time eluding each Mexican and U.S. regulation enforcement businesses, together with two escapes from custody in Mexico. He was captured for the third time in 2016 by a binational coalition of regulation enforcement personnel and army troops and extradited to the U.S. the next yr to face legal costs in federal court docket. Guzmán had been indicted in separate instances in Tucson and San Diego within the early 1990s.
At his trial, federal prosecutors offered proof towards Guzmán that had been collected by years of surveillance and investigative work. Witnesses for the prosecution included 14 members of El Chapo’s Sinaloa cartel who testified towards him.
Raymond P. Donovan, the agent in command of the New York workplace of the Drug Enforcement Administration, who was concerned in two of Guzmán’s captures by regulation enforcement, stated that his sentencing marks the top of his reign, which was aided by bribery and corruption within the Mexican authorities.
“It’s justice not just for the Mexican authorities, however for all of Guzmán’s victims in Mexico,” stated Donovan.
Legal professional Says Prosecution a ‘Present Trial’
Guzmán’s protection lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, repeated the declare that
Guzmán had not acquired a good trial whereas addressing reporters outdoors the Brooklyn courthouse.
“All he wished was justice and on the finish of the day, he didn’t get it,” Lichtman stated, including, “It was a present trial, and it’s been so since Day 1.”
Lichtman additionally stated that the $12.6 billion judgment towards Guzmán was a part of the federal government’s charade.
“It’s a fiction. It’s a part of the present trial that we’re right here for,” Lichtman stated. “They’ve been searching for his belongings for the way lengthy, a long time?”