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Mexican drug lord El Chapo bags life imprisonment, to repay US $12.6bn

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By Aishat Salihu

Mexican drug lord, Joaquin Guzman, popularly known as El Chapo has been sentenced to life imprisonment in a maximum-security US prison and also ordered to forfeit billions of dollars which ends a long criminal career that controlled much of the western hemisphere’s drug trade.

El Chapo, a former leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, was ordered by a judge in New York to pay $12.6 billion to the US government, a conservative estimate of his profits in the US, and serve a life sentence plus 30 more years.

Reportedly, his days will most likely end in a high-security prison in Colorado known as the Alcatraz of the Rockies.

In his response, El Chapo said he had not been given a fair trial and that his incarceration in New York had been “torture”

Guzman is however considered to have been the most powerful drug trafficker in the world from Mexico to America following his escapades of a large drug dealing network.

Recall that the drug lord had been captured severally coupled with jail breaks and landed on the ‘wanted’ list of the American authorities.

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