No exit: El Chapo likely off to 'Alcatraz of the Rockies'

Saul Bowman
February 14, 2019

The kingpin was extradited to the United States after his capture in Mexico a year ago.

The lawyer further expounded on that idea during his CBS interview, arguing that it was hard to get around the 'myth of El Chapo'.

After Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was found guilty of all 10 federal criminal counts against him on Tuesday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz urged fellow senators to pass a bill that would make him pay for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall.

Guzman, the former leader of the Sinaloa cartel, has previously escaped Mexican jail cells twice.

Jurors convicted Guzman on all 10 criminal counts.

Even when Guzman was recaptured in 2016 before his extradition to the USA, he was plotting another escape, prosecutor Andrea Goldbarg said in closing arguments. "It is a sentence from which there is no escape and no return", Donoghue told reporters.

No one has broken out of Administrative Maximum Facility (ADX) in Florence, Colorado, since it opened in 1994 to house the most risky inmates in the U.S. prison system.

"I'd be absolutely shocked if he's not sent to the ADX". One former prisoner, in an interview with The Boston Globe, described the lockup as a "high-tech version of hell, created to shut down all sensory perception".


While federal authorities have not said for certain where El Chapo will be housed, he is staring at "a sentence from which there is no escape and no return", said USA attorney Richard Donoghue.

"It's like a self-contained area within a self-contained area within a self-contained area", Levine said.

For the first time, Guzman was taken to a prison in Mexico in 2004; however, he escaped in 2001 after hiding in a laundry cart.

Martin Horn, a professor of corrections at City University of New York's John Jay College of Criminal Justice said of Guzman: "There's a high likelihood that he would end up at ADX Florence given his history of escaping and his ability to compromise corrections staff in Mexico".

Most inmates at Supermax are given a television, but their only actual view of the outside world is a 4-inch window.

Some others expressed sadness at the news of Guzman's conviction in a far-away NY federal courtroom.

Guzman was found guilty on charges including narcotics trafficking and taking part in a money laundering conspiracy, The Hill reported.

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