Inside El Chapo’s hellhole prison 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 was today sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years.

The fallen drugs kingpin will be caged for the rest of his life in a “supermax” prison which is so secure and so remote that it has been dubbed as 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 has many wings
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EL Chapo will today be coming to terms with what lies ahead
EL Chapo was found guilty on 10 charges
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El Chapo waves to his wife Emma Coronel Aispuro after being jailed for life[/caption]

Joaquín Guzmán, 62, was found guilty of 10 charges, including drug trafficking and money laundering, by a federal court in New York in February.

He escaped a Mexican jail through a tunnel in 2015, but was later arrested.

In 2017, the drug lord was extradited to the US.

He is a former head of the Sinaloa cartel, which officials say was the biggest supplier of drugs to the US.

During the trial, witnesses said he had tortured his cartel’s enemies.

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”.

Speaking through an interpreter just before today’s sentencing, the drug lord said his confinement in the US had amounted to “psychological, emotional, mental torture 24 hours a day”.

The life sentence was the minimum Guzmán faced. The additional 30 years were for unlawful uses of firearms.

He was also ordered to pay £10billion in forfeiture.

No escape... how an ultra-secure super-max prison means escape attempts are futile
No escape… how an ultra-secure super-max prison means escape attempts are futile

DENIED HUMAN CONTACT

Located outside an old mining town about two hours south of Denver, ADX Florence houses 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.”

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 “hi-tech version of hell, designed to shut down all sensory perception”.

Most are given a TV, but their only actual view of the outside world is a 4-inch window.

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.

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NOTORIOUS INMATES

Terrorist 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 after he will be sent here for his life sentence.

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.

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The drug lord was also ordered to pay £10billion in forfeiture[/caption]

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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