Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been sentenced to life behind bars in a United States prison, a humbling end for a drug lord once notorious for his ability to kill, bribe or tunnel his way out of trouble.
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 made a name for himself as a trafficker in the 1980s by digging tunnels under the U.S. -Mexico border that allowed him to smuggle drugs more quickly than his rivals.
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 USA prison.
The Latest on the sentencing of the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo.
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At the trial, Guzman's lawyers argued he was the fall guy for other kingpins who were better at paying off top Mexican politicians and law enforcement officials to protect them while the US government looked the other way.
Before handing down the sentence in connection with a massive drug conspiracy that had resulted in more than two decades of murder and mayhem, U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan said Guzman's complaints were minor given the "mountain range of evidence" against him.
The charges, which also include money laundering and weapons-related offenses, carried a mandatory life sentence.
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Guzman's lawyers said he was framed.
Prior to his sentencing, he complained about the conditions of his confinement and told the judge he was denied a fair trial. He spoke about the anonymous juror who spoke to Vice Media about alleged juror misconduct and he complained about the conditions of his incarceration in NY, calling them "torture" and "the most inhumane situation" he has ever experienced. They also claimed his trial was tainted by jurors improperly viewing media coverage of the highly publicized case.
Emma Coronel Aispuro walked into the heavily guarded federal courthouse in Brooklyn on Wednesday as Joaquin Guzman prepared to learn his fate for running a murderous drug-trafficking ring.
The wife of the Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo" has arrived at her husband's long-awaited sentencing in NY.
Coronel regularly attended Guzman's proceedings even when testimony cast her in a harsh light.
Will the notorious Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo" go quietly?
Despite Guzman's downfall, the Sinaloa Cartel had the biggest U.S. distribution presence of Mexican cartels as of previous year, followed by the fast-growing Jalisco New Generation Cartel, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
The evidence showed that under Guzman's orders, the Sinaloa cartel was responsible for smuggling mountains of cocaine and other drugs into the United States during his 25-year reign, prosecutors said in court papers re-capping the trial.