A Brooklyn judge also ordered Joaquin Guzman to pay back more than $12 billion in ill-gotten drug proceeds. Guzman, once one of the world's most notorious criminals, was brought to the US in 2017 after twice escaping from Mexican prisons.
The ruling, which does not allow for the sale of the drug, is now under review by a higher court at the government's request. The organization backing the case told DW it is a step toward ending the "war on drugs."
The Mexican drug lord was handed a life sentence plus 30 years in a New York court. The leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel had escaped jail in Mexico twice, and was extradited to the US in 2017.
Putting a drug lord behind bars does not end his reign. The only way to really bring him down is to confiscate his assets. Yet this hasn't happened with Mexico's "El Chapo." Anabel Hernández examines why.
The punishment meted out to El Chapo gives the impression that justice has been done. But the really important questions were not asked during his trial, says DW's guest columnist Anabel Hernandez.
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