Video Shows Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Being Processed at Mexican Prison

Joaquin Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, also known as El Chapo, is a Mexican drug lord and former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel. He was born on April 4, 1957, in Sinaloa and raised in a poor farming family – which is possibly where he got the idea for his ‘occupation’ as he was being registered by Mexican authorities after his capture on January 8, 2016.

El Chapo in his cell at Altiplano
Pic: CNN

A video has recently surfaced of Mexican law enforcement registering Guzmán at Altiplano Prison, situated in Almoloya de Juarez in the State of Mexico. It’s a maximum security facility, that was thought to be impenetrable until July, 2015, when a certain El Chapo escaped via a tunnel.

It’s unknown how, or indeed why, the video was released, as it is now four years old. It shows a calm, cool and collected Guzmán sporting a beige prison-issue uniform bearing the number 3870. He is nonchalantly wiping fingerprint ink from his hands as he answers questions from a Mexican prison guard. When asked for his occupation, the former billionaire drug kingpin replies ”I’m a farmer.”

On 19 January 2017, Guzmán was extradited to the U.S. to face charges including drug trafficking with intent to distribute, money laundering, homicide, illegal possession of firearms, kidnapping, and murder. He was found guilty of all counts on 12 February 2019, and was sentenced on 17 July 2019 to life in prison plus 30 years and ordered to forfeit more than $12.6 billion. He is currently serving his sentence at ADX Florence in Colorado, US (as of March, 2020).

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