Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera also known as EL-Chapo, has been sentenced to life in prison. The Mexican drug lord was one of the most wanted criminals by the USA before being arrested.
EL-Chapo Gets Life Sentence
According to media reports, the Mexican king ping has been sentenced to life imprisonment. The court found him guilty of 10 charges, that included money laundering and drug trafficking. Before his arrest, EL-Chapo was the biggest drug supplier to the US.
While speaking in a New York courtroom just before his sentencing, he alleged that he had not been given a fair trial and hand been mistreated. He further stated that being confined in the US had exposed him to physical, emotional, and psychological torture.
How El-Chapo Rose to Prominence in Drug Trafficking
Born to a low-income family Guzman was born on the 4th April 1957 in Sinaloa. He first entered into the drug business by growing weed for other drug cartels. He, later on, started working for some of the most notorious drug dealers like Héctor Luis Palma Salazar, for whom he helped map safe drug trafficking routes through Sinaloa into the US
He later went to for Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo as a logistic supervisor and after his arrest formed his own drug cartel called the Sinaloa cartel. He primarily dealt with the trafficking of heroin, meth, and cocaine. At the peak of his reign, he supplied drugs to people in Europe and the US.
Revolutionized the Drug Trade
Guzman has revolutionized the drug trade with is a clever use of tunnels to transport drugs that stretched for hundreds of miles even across countries. He even baffled the US and Mexican law enforcement.
Whenever the law enforcement agencies tried to arrest him, he would escape using one of the many tunnels he dug in his place of stay and would disappear for months during which his drug operation would carry on routinely without any problem.