No exit: El Chapo likely off to 'Alcatraz of the Rockies'

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Guzman, one of the major figures in Mexican drug wars that have roiled the country since 2006, become nearly legendary for escaping from Mexican high-security jails twice and avoiding massive manhunts.

The accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is seen in this courtroom sketch on the day he was found guilty of smuggling tons of drugs to the United States over a violent, colorful decades-long career, in Brooklyn federal court in NY, U.S., February 12, 2019.

"I told you at the outset that this would be the most unusual case this courthouse had ever seen", Herrmann told jurors Wednesday, as armed U.S. Marshals continued to patrol the building in the wake of Guzman's internationally-watched guilty verdict.

Dubbed the "Alcatraz of the Rockies" after the prison in San Francisco that held the notorious gangster Al Capone and other criminals, the Administrative Maximum Facility (ADX) in Florence, Colorado, was built to house the most unsafe inmates.

After Guzman's conviction on Tuesday, Cruz renewed calls to use the money for border security.

While U.S. authorities have been tight-lipped about where Guzman will be imprisoned, the Supermax jail located about 115 miles south of Denver is widely anticipated as being El Chapo's designated lockup.

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The former head of the Sinaloa cartel, whose nickname means "Shorty", faces life in a maximum-security prison after being convicted on ten counts relating to billions of dollars in narcotics.

Inmates are confined to single-person cells for up to 23 hours a day, meaning they do not have the chance to confer with the outside world.

Previous prisoners at ADX have described conditions as being worse than Guantanamo. He has been housed in solitary confinement in a high-security wing of the Metropolitan Correctional Center, a Manhattan lockup known as "Little Gitmo" that has held notorious terrorists and mobsters.

Inside their cell, the most highly guarded inmates have a television with content created to provide them with education, psychological help and religious services, the report said.

While federal authorities have not said for certain where El Chapo will be housed, he is staring at "a sentence from which there is no escape and no return", said United States attorney Richard Donoghue.

The tension at times was cut by some of the trial's sideshows, such as the sight of Guzman and his wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, showing up in matching burgundy velvet blazers in a gesture of solidarity.

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