Bitter Sinaloa residents lament likely life sentence for 'El Chapo'

Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin Guzman Loera aka

The Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo" was sentenced to life plus 30 years in a US prison Wednesday for convictions on murder conspiracy and drug charges, culminating an epic trafficking case that even he acknowledged "the whole world was watching".

Guzman, the 62-year-old former co-leader of Mexico's mighty Sinaloa drug cartel, was convicted in February in U.S. federal court on a variety of charges, including trafficking hundreds of tons of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines and marijuana to the United States.

Guzman, who recently grew a mustache, complained about the terms of his confinement before his sentence was handed down, saying: "It has been psychological, emotional, mental torture 24 hours a day".

In March, Guzman's defense team requested a new trial, citing a Vice report in which a juror claimed that at least five fellow jurors violated the judge's orders as they consulted media coverage of the case during the trial.

As part of his sentencing, Guzman was ordered to forfeit his $12 billion fortune to the US government, federal prosecutors said.

Given that record, Guzman will likely be sent to a Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado reserved for risky criminals.

January 19, 2017 - Mexican authorities turn Guzman over to US law enforcement agents who bring him to NY in a small jet.

However, Brian Benczkowski, assistant attorney general of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, told reporters Guzman's sentencing was "a measure of justice" for the American people and Mexico.

Another attorney, Eduardo Balarezo, said that "Joaquin's conviction and incarceration for drug trafficking will change nothing in the so-called war on drugs".

Also, the convict has to pay more than 12.5 billion dollars.

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His 11-week trial, which featured testimony from more than a dozen former associates of Guzman who had made deals to co-operate with prosecutors, offered the public an unprecedented look at the cartel's inner workings.

He was previously imprisoned in maximum-security prisons in Mexico but twice pulled off daring escapes.

El Chapo, the so-called "ruthless and bloodthirsty" leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, who "wield [ed] extraordinary violence, including kidnapping, torture and murder, as a tool to enforce discipline against its members and those who acted against the Cartel's interests", said he had to put toilet paper in his ears to sleep.

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman at his sentencing in federal court.

In the months since Guzman was convicted by a jury, he has signed away the rights to his name so that Coronel may start an El Chapo-branded clothing line and asked for better conditions at the Manhattan prison where he is being held.

Will the notorious Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo" go quietly? Along the way, he acquires the nickname, "El Chapo", which loosely translates into "Shorty", a reference to his stocky 5-foot, 6-inch (1.67-meter) frame.

He was on the run until his capture in 2014.

Because of a "Son of Sam" law in New York, Guzmán Loera would not be able to make money off of his crimes or any related tasks, so there is no indication as to who would profit from the company.

During the trial, it was alleged that former Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto accepted a $100 million bribe from Guzman, an accusation the politician denies.

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