Now That El Chapo’s back in jail, hunt is on for the Mexican drug kingpin’s money

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An aerial image shows Federal Correctional Complex in Florence, Colo. Clockwise from lower left is the minimum security Federal Prison Camp, the high security United States Penitentiary, the maximum security United States Penitentiary and the Federal Correctional Institution. (Photo: Kevin Kreck, AP/Bureau of Prisons)

Notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán, unhappy with his treatment at a federal lockup in New York during and after his trial on drug trafficking charges, probably won’t find his permanent federal digs at the “Supermax” prison in Colorado much more amenable.

A federal judge in Brooklyn sentenced Guzmán last week to life in prison plus 30 years. He was handed a restitution bill of more than $12 billion.

Guzmán made a rare public statement at his sentencing, chastising authorities for conditions at New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center that he equated with “torture.” He said he was denied access to sunlight and forced to drink unsanitary water. He said he had to use wadded-up toilet pap.

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