El Chapo Gets Life in Prision

Convicted Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman Loera. Photo: pgr.gob.mx


In what came as no surprise for those who have been following the case, notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman Loera was handed down a life sentence plus 30 years by a U.S. District Court  in New York on Wednesday, July 17.

Prior to his sentencing, Guzmán complained to the court that he had been treated “unfairly” due to his notoriety as a Mexico’s biggest narcotics kingpin

“When extradited, I expected to have a fair trial where justice was blind and my fame would not be a factor,” he told U.S. District Court Judge Brian Cohan.

“The government of the United States will send me to a prison where my name will never be heard again. I will take this opportunity to say there was no justice here.”

After a highly publicized three-month trial, the Sinaloa Cartel leader on charges of transporting millions of dollars worth of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana from Mexico to the United States.

During the hearings, numerous allegations were made by witnesses alleging that Guzman made high-stakes payoffs to top-ranking government officials during the previous administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto, some even implicating the former president.

Evidence was also presented of Guzman ordering mass murders both in Mexico and the United States.


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