‘El Chapo’ Gets Life, Likely Headed To Supermax In Florence

July 17, 2019
Joaquin Guzman El Chapo is taken to a federal hangar in Mexico by Mexican army soldiers in 2016.Joaquin Guzman El Chapo is taken to a federal hangar in Mexico by Mexican army soldiers in 2016.Rebecca Blackwell / AP Photo
Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, is escorted by Mexican army soldiers to a waiting helicopter, at a federal hangar in Mexico City in 2016.

Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will likely spend the rest of his life in a Colorado prison. He was sentenced today in federal court in New York to life in prison plus 30 years.

In February, he was found guilty of drug trafficking. A judge also ordered him to pay $12.6 billion — money his drug-trafficking organization made distributing cocaine and other drugs around the United States.

It will be up to the Federal Bureau of Prisons to decide where to house El Chapo. But most expect him to be sent to the federal Supermax in Florence, Colorado, about 40 miles outside Pueblo.

Robert Hood was Supermax's warden from 2002 to 2005.

"When you look at El Chapo's escape history, his violence, his access to funds and people, within the system, it's not even questioned, he will come to Colorado at the nation's most high security prison," Hood said.

El Chapo has twice escaped from Mexican prisons, but Supermax is a much different prison than those. No one has ever escaped from the Colorado Supermax also known as the "Alcatraz of the Rockies."

"To come to the Supermax is totally different," Hood said previously.

At Supermax, Guzman will be housed in a cell 23 hours a day with one hour in another cell for exercise. He'll have a cement bed, stool and desk and will have a black and white television that doesn't offer the latest news.

The Unabomer Ted Kaczynski and Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are held in Supermax, and scores of Aryan Brotherhood members and Al Qaeda operatives are also in prison there.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.