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US NewsEl Chapo Sentenced to Life in Prison, Ending Notorious Criminal Career

17:40  17 july  2019
17:40  17 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

Mexican drug lord El Chapo sentenced to life in US prison

Mexican drug lord El Chapo sentenced to life in US prison The 62-year-old was taken to the US to stand trial after he twice broke out of Mexican prisons. The guilty verdict triggered a mandatory sentence of life without parole. Guzman told US District Judge Brian Cogan before he was sentenced that he was denied a fair trial. He said Judge Cogan failed to thoroughly investigate claims of juror misconduct. Under Guzman’s leadership, the Sinaloa cartel was responsible for multiple murders and smuggling mountains of cocaine and other drugs into the US. Guzman’s lawyers said he was framed.

Joaquín Guzmán Loera, known as El Chapo , broke out of prison twice in Mexico before being extradited to the United States.Credit Eduardo He was one of the most notorious outlaws of the last 100 years: a brutal Mexican cartel leader, a wily trafficker who smuggled more than billion

‘ El Chapo ’ Guzmán Sentenced to Life in Prison , Ending Notorious Criminal Career .

El Chapo Sentenced to Life in Prison, Ending Notorious Criminal Career © Eduardo Verdugo/Associated Press Joaquín Guzmán Loera, known as El Chapo, broke out of prison twice in Mexico before being extradited to the United States.

Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo, was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison, ending one of modern history’s most brutal and notorious criminal careers.

The life sentence, mandated by law as a result of the severity of Mr. Guzmán’s crimes, was handed down in the Federal District Court in Brooklyn, where the kingpin was convicted last winter of drug, murder and money laundering charges after a sprawling three-month trial.

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Infamous drug lord Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, known by various aliases, including “ El Chapo ” and “ El Rapido,” was sentenced today to a life term of imprisonment plus 30 years to run consecutive to the life sentence for being a principal leader of a continuing criminal enterprise – the Mexican

As some of the federal agents who had chased him for years looked on from the gallery, Judge Brian M. Cogan issued the life term and Mr. Guzmán, 62, was hauled away to prepare himself — pending an appeal — for spending the rest of his life behind bars.

He almost certainly will be sent to the country’s most forbidding federal prison, the United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility, or ADX, in Florence, Colo.

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El Chapo Sentenced to Life in Prison, Ending Notorious Criminal Career

“It’s justice not only for the Mexican government, but for all of Guzmán’s victims in Mexico,” said Raymond P. Donovan, the agent in charge of the New York office of the Drug Enforcement Administration, which was instrumental in capturing the kingpin twice. Mr. Guzman’s career atop one of Mexico’s most powerful cartels came to a close only after Mexico agreed to extradite him to the United States in January 2017.

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Joaquín “ El Chapo ” Guzmán, the Mexican drug lord found guilty of running a murderous criminal enterprise that smuggled tons of drugs into the United States over three decades, was sentenced by a US judge on Wednesday to spend the rest of his life in prison .

In the end , Cogan appeared unmoved by Chapo ’s last words. Citing the fact that the life sentence was the statutory minimum for the charges for which Chapo was convicted, he wasted little time in reading out his decision: life in prison plus 30 years. Moments after Cogan adjourned the hearing, Guzmán

His ability to escape from prison and evade capture for years underscored the deep corruption of the Mexican authorities by his cartel, which employed bribery and intimidation to control not just local police departments, but the highest ranking officials in the national government.

Mr. Guzmán’s trial took place under intense media scrutiny and tight security that involved bomb-sniffing dogs, police snipers and federal marshals with radiation sensors.

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El Chapo Sentenced to Life in Prison, Ending Notorious Criminal Career

Prosecutors leveled some of the most serious charges possible against him, presenting evidence that he sent hundreds of tons of drugs to the United States from Mexico and caused the deaths of dozens of people to protect himself and his smuggling routes.

The case revealed in exacting detail the inner workings of the Sinaloa drug cartel — such as how it employed I.T. consultants and how it packaged its cocaine in rubber “condoms.”

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But given the defendant’s fame and notoriety, the trial was also a boisterous legal circus, complete with a horde of international reporters, a steady trickle of curious “narco-tourists” and a cameo appearance by an actor who plays the drug lord on a Netflix show.

The verdict on Feb. 12 came after more than a week of deliberations by the jury. Ultimately, Mr. Guzmán was found guilty on all 10 counts of the indictment.

As the verdict was read, he sat listening to a translator, looking stunned. When the reading of the verdict was complete, Mr. Guzmán leaned back to glance at his wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, who flashed him a thumbs up with tears in her eyes.

On that day, Richard P. Donoghue, the United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York, called the guilty verdict a victory for law enforcement.

“There are those who say the war on drugs is not worth fighting,” Mr. Donoghue said. “Those people are wrong.”

Even Mr. Guzmán’s lawyers admitted defending the kingpin was a daunting task.

“I’ve never faced a case with so many cooperating witnesses and so much evidence,” Jeffrey Lichtman, one of Mr. Guzmán’s lawyers, said. “We did all we could as defense lawyers.”

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Two days after Mr. Guzmán’s conviction in February, two of the kingpin’s sons, Joaquín and Ovidio Guzmán López, were indicted by federal prosecutors in Washington.

Several days after that, a juror, who spoke anonymously, told a Vice Media reporter that several of the panelists had disobeyed repeated orders by the judge not to follow media coverage of the trial.

The Vice article prompted Mr. Guzmán’s lawyers to submit a motion requesting a new trial. For a few weeks, it seemed possible that the jurors might be hauled back into court for a hearing to determine if they had in fact committed misconduct.

But in early July, Judge Cogan denied the new trial motion and moved things forward toward the sentencing.

The American authorities began their hunt for the kingpin as far back as the early 1990s when he was indicted on separate federal charges in Tucson and San Diego.

The two indictments were filed just before and somewhat after he was arrested while on the run in Guatemala and then returned to Mexico, where he was tried and imprisoned for the 1993 murder of Juan Jesús Posadas Ocampo, a beloved Roman Catholic cardinal.

In 2001, however, Mr. Guzmán broke out of prison — by many accounts, in the bottom of a laundry cart — and spent the next 13 years playing cat-and-mouse with the law.

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He evaded both arrest and the five subsequent indictments filed against him in the United States, largely by shuttling between a series of hide-outs in the Sierra Madre mountains in the Mexican state of Sinaloa.

In February 2012, the Mexican and American authorities came within inches of nabbing him in an ocean-view mansion in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

But it was not until Mr. Donovan and a vast coalition of law enforcement and military officers on both sides of the border mounted an enormous wiretap operation that cracked the kingpin’s communications network that he was caught. He was found in a beachfront condominium in Mazatlán in February 2014.

Within a year and a half, however, he had escaped again — this time, through a sophisticated tunnel that opened into the shower of his prison cell. A coalition similar to the one that caught him in 2014 redoubled its efforts and captured the kingpin for a second time, after a violent gunfight, in Los Mochis, Mexico, in early 2016.

When Mr. Guzmán finally stood trial in New York in November, his conviction was all but assured given the mountains of evidence collected against him over the years.

Some of that evidence came from incriminating intercepts from the various wiretaps over which agents had for months been listening in on the kingpin and his underlings. But just as damaging were the 14 witnesses from inside his Sinaloa drug cartel who testified against him.

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