Joaquín Guzmán Loera, known as El Chapo is considered to have been the most powerful drug trafficker in the world. He smuggled more than $12 billion worth of drugs during his time as the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, and carried out countless grisly murders. He got the nickname El Chapo due to his short stature.
American authorities began their hunt for the drug lord as early as the 1990s when he was indicted on two federal charges in Tucson and San Diego. A coordinated manhunt between America and Mexico was now underway, and millions in rewards were offered for his capture.
1993 he was tried and imprisoned in Mexico for the murder of Juan Jesús Posadas Ocampo, a Roman Catholic Cardinal.
However in 2001 El Chapo broke out of prison, supposedly hiding in the bottom of a laundry cart. Later in February 2014 he was found in Mazatlán at a beachfront condo and again sent to prison. He escaped again July 11 2015 through a tunnel that opened into the shower of his prison cell.
In 2016 the kingpin was again arrested after a violent gunfight in Mexico. Guzman was extradited to the United States in January 2017 where he was held in a maximum-security wing of the Manhattan federal jail.
This past Tuesday Judge Cogan of New York sentenced Guzmán to life, but noted that the “overwhelming evil” of the drug lord’s crimes was very apparent. Judge Cofan was less than moved with Guzman’s complaints of unfair treatment in the US prison noting the violent and grisly deaths that have occurred at the hands of El Chapo. Beyond the life sentence an additional 30 years was given, plus $12.6 billion in restitution. The typical life sentence is actually only 25 years long, so the additional 30 years will ensure El Chapo will die in prison of natural causes.