Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman flown to supermax prison hours after sentencing
The Mexican drug lord received a life sentence in federal court in Brooklyn. A government helicopter flew him to the highest security prison hours later. The judge wanted to allow him to stay in New York to help him launch an appeal. But after a plan to break him free was discovered he was immediately rushed out
Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' is flown to high security prison within hours of receiving life sentence after lawyer claims there is plan to break him free AGAIN
Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman was rushed out of New York within hours of receiving a life sentence after fears he would break free again.
The convicted Mexican drug lord was forced to immediately depart for the highest security prison in the U.S. to serve his term, his lawyer confirmed on Thursday.
A government helicopter took the narco, notorious known for his daring jail breaks, away from the federal court in Brooklyn where he was sentenced.
Defense Attorney Jeffrey Lichtman was informed that his client was en-route to the supermax facility in Florence, Colorado.
For most defendants, there's a break between sentencing and a decision by the Bureau of Prisons on where to house them.
In the case of Guzman, U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan agreed to a recommendation that the drug lord should remain in federal jail in Manhattan for an additional two months to help his lawyers mount an appeal.
But that changed after it became clear that behind the scenes there already was a plan in place 'to get him out of the city as soon as possible,' Lichtman said.
Prison officials and prosecutors wouldn't talk about Guzman's whereabouts on Thursday.
The 62-year-old Guzman had been the subject of extreme security measures carrying an untold cost ever since his extradition to the U.S. in 2017 to face drug-trafficking charges.
Authorities were determined to prevent any repeat of Guzman's legendary jailbreaks in Mexico, including the one in 2015 involving a mile-long (1.6 kilometer-long) tunnel dug to the shower in his cell.
Guzman was put in solitary confinement in a high-security wing of the Manhattan jail that has housed terrorists and mobsters.
'I drink unsanitary water, no air or sunlight, and the air pumped in makes my ears and throat hurt,' he said at sentencing. 'This has been psychological, emotional and mental torture 24 hours a day.'
For pretrial hearings in Brooklyn, authorities transporting Guzman to and from jail shut down the Brooklyn Bridge to make way for a police motorcade that includes a SWAT team and an ambulance, all tracked by helicopters.
Once the trial started, they secretly kept him locked up in the bowels of the courthouse during the week to make the logistics less arduous.
The apparent next - and last - stop for Guzman: a prison sometimes called the "Alcatraz of the Rockies."
Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui and Oklahoma City bombing accomplice Terry Nichols are among those who call it home.