Mexican Druglord “El Chapo” sentenced to life, Mexico, United States Federal Court, Joaquín Guzmán
The convict El Chapo. (Image: expresionsonora140)

A United States court on Wednesday sentenced the most well known, feared and wealthiest drug trafficker in the world, Joaquín Guzmán to life in prison plus 30 years.

Popularly known as “El Chapo”, 62, reached his final chapter after the federal judge in New York pronounced the life term.

He was found guilty of 10 charges, including drug trafficking and money laundering.

The additional 30 years were announced for his unlawful trade and usage of arms.

He had smuggled estimated more than $12 billion worth of drugs for 30 years and was the former head of the Sinaloa cartel, which was speculated as the biggest supplier of drugs to the US.

While appearing at the court, he pleaded not guilty and claimed that he had not received a fair trial. He was reading from a prepared statement.

Guzmán also complained about his stay at Manhattan’s federal jail, calling it “psychological, emotional and 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 never be heard again, I take advantage of this opportunity to say there was no justice here,” he said.

After the hearing ended and judgement pronounced, Guzmán’s lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, spoke about the unfair and lengthy legal proceeding.

“It was a show trial,” he said.

 “All we have asked for at the beginning was a fair trial and justice but at the end of the day, he didn’t get it,” Lichtman added.

He also alleged that the jurors were influenced by media coverage.

According to reports, his trial took place under intense media scrutiny and tight security. The dramatic trial involved bomb-sniffing dogs, police snipers and federal marshals with radiation sensors.

His trial has reportedly revealed that he used to smuggle drugs in plastic bananas and jalapeno cans

The verdict on Feb. 12 came after more than a week of deliberations by the jury, another report said.

In 2001, however, he broke out of a maximum-security prison in Mexico and spent the next 13 years playing cat-and-mouse with the law.

He was caught in 2014 but next year again he managed to escape from jail through a one mile tunnel under his cell.

He was caught in a bloody raid in 2016 and was extradited to the United States same year.

 

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