(Reuters) – Joaquin Guzman, the Mexican drug lord often known as “El Chapo,” entered a Colorado jail often known as “the Alcatraz of the Rockies” on Friday to start a life sentence after being discovered responsible of a raft of crimes together with conspiracy to commit homicide.
FILE PHOTO: Recaptured drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is escorted by troopers on the hangar belonging to the workplace of the Lawyer Normal in Mexico Metropolis, Mexico January eight, 2016. REUTERS/Henry Romero/File Picture/File Picture
Guzman was sentenced to life in jail, plus 30 years, on Wednesday in a federal courtroom within the New York borough of Brooklyn. A jury convicted him of drug trafficking and interesting in a number of homicide conspiracies because the chief of the Sinaloa Cartel, one in every of Mexico’s largest, most violent drug-trafficking organizations.
“We will affirm that Joaquin Guzman is within the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons at United States Penitentiary (USP) Administrative Most (ADX) Florence, situated in Florence, Colorado,” the U.S. Bureau of Prisons mentioned in a press release.
The high-security “Supermax” jail, 115 miles (185 km) south of Denver with about 375 inmates, has by no means had an escape because it opened in 1994.
Guzman twice escaped maximum-security prisons in Mexico and was re-captured in 2016. He was extradited to america in 2017 to face U.S. prices.
Guzman, 62, joins an extended checklist of infamous criminals who name the jail residence. They embody “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski, Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, Terry Nichols from the 1995 Oklahoma Metropolis bombing and Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
The jail is nicknamed “Alcatraz of the Rockies” after the San Francisco jail whose inmates included the gangster Al Capone and convicted assassin Robert Franklin Stroud, often known as the Birdman of Alcatraz.
Like different prisoners, Guzman will probably be confined for round 23 hours a day to a solitary cell that has a slender window about 42 inches (107 cm) excessive and angled upward so solely the sky is seen.
His cell is anticipated to have a tv, offering him entry to non secular providers and academic packages.
Particular restrictions are used to make sure that inmates can’t exert affect or make threats past jail partitions. Prisoners can’t transfer round with out being escorted. Head counts are finished at the very least six instances a day.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Thursday referred to as it “inhumane” for Guzman to face life imprisonment underneath harsh situations.
Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles, further reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Chicago; enhancing by Tom Brown, Jonathan Oatis and Sonya Hepinstall