Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán has been sentenced to life in prison, following his appearance in a New York courtroom today.
BREAKING: Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin `El Chapo' Guzman sentenced to life in US prison.https://t.co/8IoM6ZVvHA
- The Associated Press (@AP) July 17, 2019
Guzmán, 62, was convicted back in February for crimes that span a quarter of a century, including trafficking hundreds of tonnes of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines and marijuana to the United States, along with money laundering and weapons-related offences.
Court papers released at the time of his arrest also accused him of drugging and raping girls as young as 13. According to the BBC, former associate Alex Cifuentes is quoted as saying Guzmán 'called the youngest of the girls his "vitamins" because he believed that sexual activity with young girls gave him "life".'
Cifuentes also alleged that Guzmán gave former Mexican president, Enrique Peña Nieto, a $100 million (£80m) bribe, and claimed Nieto contacted Guzmán after he took office in 2012 saying he would end a manhunt against him in return for $250m (£200m).
The former leader of the Sinaloa organisation, Guzmán was once one of the richest people in the world, and was listed on Forbes' rich list of the globe's most affluent billionaires in 2009.
However, 'El Chapo' (aka 'The Shorty') is arguably best known for his series of high-profile prison breaks.
In 2001, he broke out by hiding in a laundry cart, and spent the next 13 years in and around Sinaloa in hiding.
After being recaptured in 2014, he escaped once again in July 2015 through a mile-long tunnel that took him out of maximum-security Altiplano prison.
A GPS watch had been smuggled through to Guzmán's cell and his sons bought a property on the periphery of the prison. From this point, diggers crafted a tunnel to his cell and he escaped using an adapted motorcycle.
Guzmán was arrested for a third time in 2016, when he was also extradited to the US - and was placed under a much tighter watch.