Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the once-powerful leader of the Sinaloa cartel, was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years. The judge also ordered him to forfeit $12.6 billion.
Restitution will be determined at a later date. Guzman has been holed up in solitary confinement at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Lower Manhattan since his 2017 arrest. “I’ve been forced to drink unsanitary water. I’ve been denied access to fresh air and sunlight. The only sunlight I have in my cell comes through in the air vent. In order to sleep, I have to clog my ears with toilet paper because of the air from the air duct. My wife has not been allowed to this day to visit me, I have not been allowed to hug my daughters. It has been physical, emotional and mental torture,” the 62-year-old convicted drug kingpin told Brooklyn federal Judge Brian Cogan ahead of his sentencing.
El Chapo in 2016
“The United States is no better than any other corrupt country,” Guzman concluded. His wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, was seated in the packed gallery. Guzman will soon be assigned to a new home at ADX Florence, the US’s only supermax lockup in Colorado, where he’ll remain for the rest of his life. Guzman previously has twice escaped prison in Mexico.