No exit: El Chapo likely off to ‘Alcatraz of the Rockies’

No exit: El Chapo likely off to ‘Alcatraz of the Rockies’

No exit: El Chapo likely off to ‘Alcatraz of the Rockies’

Even when Guzman was recaptured in 2016 before his extradition to the United States, he was plotting another escape, prosecutor Andrea Goldbarg said in closing arguments.

"ADX is the kind of prison that was designed for a high-profile inmate like El Chapo", Larry Levine, a former federal inmate who is the director and founder of Wall Street Prison Consultants, told Reuters in a phone interview.

Mexico's most notorious drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, was convicted Tuesday of running an industrial-scale smuggling operation after a three-month trial packed with Hollywood-style tales of grisly killings, political payoffs, cocaine hidden in jalapeno cans, jewel-encrusted guns and a naked escape with his mistress through a tunnel.

Guzman, 61, the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel who escaped twice from maximum-security Mexican prisons before his most recent capture in 2016, faces a possible life prison sentence at a hearing scheduled for June 25 in NY.

Richard Donoghue, the US Attorney for the Eastern District of NY, said he expected Guzman to receive life without parole when sentenced on June 25.

Baez faces up to life behind bars if convicted. "It Is a sentence from which there is no escape and no return".

Guzmán on Tuesday was found guilty of 10 federal criminal accounts against him, including engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to launder narcotics proceeds, global distribution of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and other drugs, and use of firearms.

Shipping cocaine from Colombia through Mexico to the USA, he became a billionaire and public enemy number one for law enforcement agencies in the US.

An allegation Mr Pena Nieto has denied. Officials were so concerned about security that Guzman was forbidden from hugging his wife at his trial.

Guzman's lawyers sought to prove their client did not, in fact, run the Sinaloa Cartel, but took orders from someone else.

"Everyone knows it's not going to happen, but it's such an excellent idea", she said. "He left us behind".

Rising from the same humble origins in Sinaloa as many other top Mexican capos, Guzman cemented his status as a criminal sensation by breaking out of prison twice, first in 2001 and again in 2015.

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