Guzman, 59, was found guilty of 10 charges, including running a criminal enterprise, by jurors following a three-month trial in New York on Tuesday. The narcotics kingpin is expected to be sent to a high-security Colorado prison dubbed the ‘Alcatraz of the Rockies” about 90 miles south of Denver in the USA. Authorities boast not a single inmate has ever been able to escape the walls of the fortress-like ADX “Supermax” prison since it opened in 1994. Guzman, the former leader of the Sinaloa cartel, has previously escaped Mexican jail cells twice.
The first time saw him wheeled out in a laundry cart from max-security Puente Grande in 2001.
This was followed by a dramatic mile-long escape from Altiplano jail in Central Mexico in July 2015.
The sophisticated attempt included a motorbike bolted to tracks to aid his getaway.
But the criminal mastermind who committed murder, money laundering and weapon offences throughout his decades-long reign could finally be retired for good.
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Supermax has 1,400 remotely-controlled prison doors inside its walls, which can be specifically opened or closed by officers to prevent jail breaks.
Inmates are confined to single-person cells for up to 23 hours a day, meaning they do not have the chance to confer with the outside world.
Some of the most infamous residents banged up right now include 1993 World Trade Center mastermind bomber Ramzi Yousef and Unabomber Ted Kaczynski.
Martin Horn, a professor of corrections at City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice said of Guzman: “There’s a high likelihood that he would end up at ADX Florence given his history of escaping and his ability to compromise corrections staff in Mexico.”
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He added: “The prisoners really have no contact with other prisoners, all their movements are controlled.
“They get limited privileges, limited contacts. … It’s a tough place to do time.”
Previous prisoners at ADX have described conditions as being worse than Guantanamo.
One unnamed ex-prisoner, 36, who spent six years at Supermax between 2008 and 2014 for his role in prison riots at two federal jails, told Reuters conditions were almost “inhumane”.
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He said: “Those guys at Guantanamo had it much better than we did.”
Guzman, whose nickname means “shorty” in Spanish, was extradited to the United States to face trial after being recaptured in early 2016.
His 11-week trial saw testimonies from almost 50 witnesses.
He is expected to receive life without parole when sentenced on June 25, 2019.