Mexican drug lord El Chapo sentenced to life in prison 1 month ago

Mexican drug lord El Chapo sentenced to life in prison

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera has been sentenced to life in prison.

An American judge has sentenced Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán to life in prison, plus a further 30 years.

The 62-year-old was found guilty of 10 charges, including drug trafficking and money laundering, by a federal court in New York in February.

According to the BBC, witnesses during the trial said he had tortured his cartel's enemies in the past.

He had been accused of employing hitmen to carry out "hundreds" of murders, assaults, kidnappings and acts of torture of various people over a number of years.

Guzmán escaped a Mexican jail through a tunnel in 2016, but was later arrested.

He was then extradited to the US in 2017.

He was the head of the Sinaloa Cartel, which is generally believed to be one of the most active drug cartel involved in smuggling illicit drugs into the United States and trafficking them through the United States.