In El Chapo's home state, Mexicans bemoan his punishment far from home


The 62-year-old was extradited to the USA after he broke out of Mexican prisons twice and was recaptured.

The bloody saga of hyper-violent drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman ended with a whimper in a Brooklyn courtroom on Wednesday.

The trial witnesses, who included some of Guzman's top lieutenants, a communications engineer and a onetime mistress, described how he built a sophisticated organization resembling a multinational corporation.

He said the judge denied him a fair trial on drug trafficking charges "when the whole world was watching". He then escaped the Mexican prison in 2001. A day later he appears in a US court in Brooklyn and pleads not guilty to 17 criminal counts that he ran the world's largest drug-trafficking organization.

- 1980s - Guzman rises through the ranks of the illegal drug business under the tutelage of Sinaloan kingpin Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, alias "The Boss of Bosses", who pioneered cocaine smuggling routes into the United States.

"The sentence separates the myth of El Chapo from the man Joaquin Guzman", Melendez said. The El Chapo Brand may soon become available in both the United States and Mexico.

Coast Guard officials said July 10 that the service's counter-narcotics operations were highlighted by the prosecution during Guzman's 11-week trial earlier this year, and several Coast Guardsmen served as witnesses.

Guzman was sentenced to life in prison for running a murderous drug-trafficking enterprise that for decades saturated the United States with cocaine and other narcotics.

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Guzman told U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan before he was sentenced Wednesday that he was denied a fair trial.

Chapo - which translates to "Shorty" - was also ordered to hand over his $12 billion fortune.

He said Cogan failed to thoroughly investigate claims of juror misconduct in the case.

His lawyers have said they intend to appeal against the guilty verdict. She regularly attended his trial and sometimes even brought their twins. They said witnesses' descriptions of El Chapo leading a lavish lifestyle featuring private planes, beachfront villas and a private zoo were overblown, and that there's no chance the U.S. government could collect the multibillion-dollar forfeiture.

Among those calling the prison home are "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski, Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, Terry Nichols from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, "Shoe Bomber" Richard Reid, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and Ramzi Yousef from the 1993 World Trade Center bombing in NY.

The highly-anticipated hearing could be his last chance to speak publicly before spending the rest of his life behind bars at a maximum security US prison. The Mexican government says he blew his cover through a series of slipups, including an attempt to make a movie about his life.

The Mexican government has asserted that their primary focus is on dismantling the powerful drug cartels, rather than on preventing drug trafficking and demand, which is left to US functionaries.

Guzman is now likely to be locked up in a "supermax" jail in the state of Colorado - known as the "Alcatraz of the Rockies" - where inmates' view of the world is through a four-inch cell window. The defense said he was framed.