His conviction in 2019 was irrevocable. Life imprisonment for one of the most notorious drug traffickers in the world, including money laundering, murder and drug distribution.
Mexican cartel leader Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, better known as El Tsapo, although he managed to escape from prison not once, but twice, today he is imprisoned in a supermax prison located in Florence, Colorado, in order to ensure the authorities that the notorious criminal will never be able to escape again. But what about his cell in which the former drug lord now lives?
The prison with the highest level of security
El Chapo, then, is locked in a prison supermax with the highest level of security, along with which even the most dangerous criminals are detained – something like the modern Alcatraz for example. In fact, the ADX, also known as the Alcatraz of the Rockies, is in the desert about two hours from Denver, and no inmates have ever escaped the facility since its inception in 1994, grunge.com reports.
Many have described the living conditions of the detainees as “torture”, while a former guard has stated that the facility “was not built for humanity”. “I think being there, day by day, is worse than death,” he added. Other notorious criminals imprisoned in the ADX include Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, former FBI agent Robert Hanssen who became a Soviet spy, Philadelphia mafia boss Nicodemo Scarfo, and the 9/11 plotter Zacarou.
El Chapo’s life at ADX
El Tsapo with the life sentence, plus 30 years extra, from the riches and the greats now lives for 23 hours a day in a cell of 3.5 × 2 meters, soundproofed so that he can not communicate with the other inmates. The cell is equipped with basic necessities such as a bed, desk and chair, which are made of concrete and fastened to the walls, preventing detainees from moving them. According to the Daily Record, El Chapo’s cell is also equipped with a toilet and shower, but the water is controlled to prevent flooding. In addition, the electricity in the cells is controlled by guards, so for a certain time the inmates do not have access to it.
For extra security, the El Tsapo cell has two doors, a solid outer door and an inner prison door. And although it has a small window one meter high and 10 centimeters wide, there is no view of the surrounding Rocky Mountains. This limited visibility prevents inmates from knowing their exact location within ADX, according to The Denver Post.
Finally, El Chapo is allowed one hour of recreation in a concrete pit that looks exactly like an empty pool. The infamous drug lord is accompanied by three guards in his courtyard, while he is allowed to walk around the pit to practice with only 10 steps in a straight line or 31 in a circle. Again, however, the pit is designed so that inmates have no idea where they are in prison.