Lawyer: El Chapo was whisked away within hours of sentencing

Joaquin El Chapo Guzman center is escorted to a helicopter in handcuffs by Mexican navy marines at a hanger in Mexico City after he was captured overnight in the beach resort town of Mazatlan

The judge also ordered the confiscation of more than 12.6 billion USA dollars in assets as compensation for his years of drug smuggling into the United States, including heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana and cocaine.

So far, USA authorities have not recovered a dime.

Prosecutors won their request to tack on a symbolic extra 30 years in prison for the use of firearms in his business, which Cogan said he imposed because the 'overwhelming evil is so severe'.

A Colombian woman who prosecutors say survived a hit the kingpin ordered tearfully read a statement in court Wednesday, saying the escape cost her 'a high price - I lost my family, my friends, I became a shadow without a name'.

A federal court in the United States of America on Wednesday sentenced former drug lord Joaquin Guzman to life after a long court tussle.

The 'El Chapo Act, ' also known as H.R. 2186, suggests that the forfeited profits of Guzman's illicit drug trafficking enterprise be reserved for border security measures between the United States and Mexico, including the completion of a wall.

Experts say he will likely wind up at the federal government's Supermax prison in Florence, Colo., where inmates are held alone for 23 hours a day and have little human interaction.

"I also have many victims in mind", he added.

His attorneys now have 14 days to appeal his sentence.

"Never again will Guzman pour poison over our border, making billions while innocent lives are lost to drug violence and addiction", U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue told a news conference outside the Brooklyn courthouse.

Guzman, who recently grew a mustache, complained about the terms of his confinement before his sentence was handed down.

According to the officials he was the head of the Sinaloa cartel who are the biggest supplier of drugs to the US.

It has been widely reported that the 62-year-old drug lord, who had been protected in Mexico by an elaborate corruption operation within the Mexican government is worth about $13 billion.

Guzman, whose nickname means "Shorty", developed a reputation as a Robin Hood-like figure that made him a folk hero to many in his home state of Sinaloa, where he was born in a poor mountain village.

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