Mexican drug lord, Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, ‘El Chapo’ has been sentenced to life in prison.
Guzman, 62, was found guilty by a jury in February of trafficking tons of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and engaging in multiple murder conspiracies as a top leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, long known as one of Mexico’s largest and most violent drug trafficking organizations.
Aljazeera reports that District Judge Brian Cogan imposed the sentence of life plus 30 years, which was mandatory under the law, at a hearing in federal court in Brooklyn. Guzman was also ordered to forfeit $12.5bn, prosecutors said.
“When extradited, I expected to have a fair trial where justice was blind and my fame would not be a factor, but what happened was actually the opposite.
“The government of the United States will send me to a prison where my name will never be heard again. I will take this opportunity to say there was no justice here,” he said before the sentence was imposed on Wednesday.