Inside El Chapo’s hellhole jail dubbed the ‘Alcatraz of the Rockies’ where he’ll be shut off from ALL contact with the outside world for the rest of his life

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SERIAL escapee El Chapo — who has been convicted in the biggest drug trafficking trial of all time — is to be locked up in the “prison of all prisons”.  

The fallen drugs kingpin is set to be sent to  “Supermax” prison in Colorado, which is so secure, so remote and so austere that it has been called the “Alcatraz of the Rockies.”

ADX Florence aka the Alcatraz of the Rockies sprawls over a 37-acre site
ADX Florence aka the Alcatraz of the Rockies sprawls over a 37-acre site
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EL Chapo will today be coming to terms with what lies ahead
EL Chapo will today be coming to terms with what lies ahead
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US Attorney Richard Donoghue said after yesterday’s guilty verdict after the 11 week drug trafficking trial that El Chapo was staring at “a sentence from which there is no escape and no return”.

And its widely agreed come his sentencing in June, he is destined to be dispatched to the supermax prison in Florence, Colorado.

Located outside an old mining town about two hours south of Denver, Supermax’s hardened buildings house the nation’s most violent offenders.

Burl Cain, a former maximum-security warden said: “It’s the prison of all prisons.

“If ever there were an escape-proof prison, it’s the facility at Florence.”

DENIED HUMAN CONTACT

Many of its 400 inmates are held alone for 23 hours a day in 7-by-12-foot cells with fixed furnishings made of reinforced concrete.

An Amnesty International report found prisoners spend years in solitary confinement and often go days “with only a few words spoken to them”.

One former inmate, in an interview with The Boston Globe, described the lockup as a “high-tech version of hell, designed to shut down all sensory perception”.

Most  are given a television, but their only actual view of the outside world is a 4-inch window whose design prevents them from even determining

Human interaction is virtually non-existent.

Meals are eaten in the solitude of their own cells, within feet of their toilets.

It’s the prison of all prisons — if ever there were an escape-proof prison, it’s the facility at Florence


Burl Cain, former maximum-security warden

Outside razor-wire fences, gun towers, armed patrols and attack dogs make escape attempts futile.

Should a prisoner escape, the remote area means they can be located very quickly.

It houses some of the most notorious criminals to set foot in an American courtroom.

NOTORIOUS INMATES

Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, September 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui and Oklahoma City bombing accomplice Terry Nichols are among those who call it home

But El Chapo, the most prolific narco in history, is set to be the most notorious should he be sent here after he is sentenced in June.

His rep has been gained not just for smuggling enormous amounts of narcotics into the US and having a hand in dozens upon dozens of murders, but also for breaking out of jail.


That includes a sensational 2015 escape from the maximum-security Altiplano prison in central Mexico.

Here he communicated with accomplices for weeks via a mobile phone who burrowed a tunnel and escape hatch beneath his shower.

When complete El Chapo hopped on the back of a waiting motorcycle and sped through a mile-long, hand-dug tunnel to freedom.

 

Mexico's drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman stands for his prison mug shot
The trial of the century… Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman is the US’ most notorious criminals
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Once used to living in the lap of luxury, El Chapo will have to make do with this cramped cell for the rest of his life
Once used to living in the lap of luxury, El Chapo will have to make do with this cramped cell for the rest of his life
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Guard towers, manned by armed guards, loom over the prison
Guard towers, manned by armed guards, loom over the prison
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 Mexican government has realised the CCTV footage of the moment El Chapo slips into his shower tunne
Mexican government has realised the CCTV footage of the moment El Chapo slips into his shower tunnel
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El Chapo escaped Mexican prison on a motorbike through a tunnel in 2014 but was caught in 2016 and extradited to the US to go on trial today

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