In Culiacan, the capital in Mexico's northwestern state of Sinaloa, locals lamented that Mexicans were deprived of the chance to see the notorious capo tried, convicted and punished on his native soil.
Guzman left a bloody trail in Mexico's drug wars even as he became a hometown hero while amassing a fortune in illicit proceeds valued by Forbes magazine in 2009 at $1 billion and by US prosecutors this month at $12.7 billion.
Guzman's lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, called the sentencing request ``superfluous.'' He also said that the ``government has yet to locate a penny'' of Guzman's purported $12.6 billion in drug proceeds prosecutors want to be forfeited.
Guzman, 62, was convicted on Feb. 12 on all 10 counts he faced, after jurors heard evidence from more than 50 prosecution witnesses, offering an unprecedented look at the inner workings of his Sinaloa Cartel. He faces life in prison at his scheduled July 17 sentencing.
Lawyers for the kingpin known as El Chapo warned him after his conviction this week on drug conspiracy charges that he is likely to be sent to the country’s most forbidding federal lockup, the US Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility in Florence, Colorado, often referred to as the ADX.
The country appears to have moved on since Guzmán, who is known as El Chapo, was captured three years ago and later extradited to the United States. The days when he transfixed public imagination now seem very distant.