By Ben Warwick

FLORENCE, Colo. (CBS4) – Fresh off a life sentence, Joqauin “El Chapo” Guzman is now serving that sentence in Colorado. He is behind bars at Supermax in Florence.

(credit: JASON CONNOLLY/AFP/Getty Images)

The Mexican drug kingpin was sentenced earlier this week to life in prison plus 30 years after his conviction in a major international drug trafficking case. He’s 62 years old. He was brought to the U.S. to stand trial after he escaped twice from Mexican prisons.

The United States Penitentiary — Administrative Maximum (ADX) at the Federal Correctional Complex in Florence is also known as the “Alcatraz of the Rockies.”

Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. (credit: Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images)

El Chapo’s new neighbors include Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokar Tsarnaev, “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski and Oklahoma City co-conspirator Terry Nichols.

ADX Florence, opened in 1994, houses more than 400 of the federal Bureau of Prison’s “most violent, disruptive and escape-prone inmates,” according to the BOP. Guzman, known for his dramatic prison escapes, will likely be held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day and kept under constant camera surveillance.

Ben Warwick


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