Billionaire Druglord, El Chapo Sentenced To Life Imprisonment

Billionaire Druglord, El Chapo Sentenced To Life Imprisonment

A US judge has sentenced Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to life in prison plus 30 years.

Guzmán, 62, was found guilty of 10 charges, including drug trafficking and money laundering, by a federal court in New York in February.

He escaped a Mexican jail through a tunnel in 2015, but was later arrested. He was extradited to the US in 2017.

He is a former head of the Sinaloa cartel, which officials say was the biggest supplier of drugs to the US.

Speaking through an interpreter just before Wednesday’s sentencing, Guzmán said in the Brooklyn courtroom his confinement in the US had amounted to “torture” and said he had received an unfair trial.

Guzmán's wife Emma Coronel attends the trial in New York. Photo: 17 July 2019
Image captionGuzmán’s wife Emma Coronel attended the sentencing

The life sentence was the minimum Guzmán faced. The additional 30 years were for unlawful uses of firearms. He was also ordered to pay $12.6bn (£10bn) in forfeiture.

Prosecutors said Guzmán would be serving his sentence behind “tonnes of steel”, referring to a high-security prison in Colorado.

Guzmán’s lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman announced plans to appeal against the verdict.