El Chapo

Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán gets life in prison

Guzmán, 62, was found guilty of 10 charges, including drug trafficking and money laundering, by a federal court in New York in February.

He escaped a Mexican jail through a tunnel in 2015, but was later arrested. He was extradited to the US in 2017.

He is a former head of the Sinaloa cartel, which officials say was the biggest supplier of drugs to the US.

Speaking through an interpreter just before Wednesday's sentencing, Guzmán said in the Brooklyn courtroom his confinement in the US had amounted to "torture" and said he had received an unfair trial.

Escaped Mexican drug lord reportedly threatens Donald Trump on Twitter

The tweet from user @ElChap0Guzman, originally in Spanish, reads: “Keep [expletive] around and I'm gonna make you swallow your [expletive] words...” It was not clear who owns the account.

Trump has been tweeting about El Chapo’s escape to bolster his claims on immigration and border security.

Trump has recently said that  Guzman embodies 'everything that is wrong with Mexico' and added he would 'kick his ass'. 

Mexico: Drug lord escape tunnel was deep and 'high-tech'

The digging would have caused noise. The entrance would have to be in a place beyond the view of security cameras at Mexico's toughest prison.

As authorities hunted Monday for any sign of Mexico's most powerful drug lord, it was clear that Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's escape must have involved inside help on a grand scale.

Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said as much Monday night. 

Mexico: Drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman escapes through tunnel

With the elaborate escape hatch built allegedly without the detection of authorities, Guzman has done what Mexican authorities promised would not happen after his re-capture last year — slipped out of a maximum security prison for the second time.

Eighteen employees from various part of the Altiplano prison 90 kilometers (56 miles) west of Mexico City have been taken in for questioning, Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said in a news conference Sunday.