DEA ‘El Chapo’ Hunter Jack Riley Wishes the Notorious Drug Lord Received the Death Penalty

John “Jack” Riley

By Steve Neavling

Jack Riley, the former DEA official who led the capture of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in 2016, said he wishes the former Mexican cartel leader was sentenced to death. 

“He is truly a mass murderer of grand proportions,” Riley told News Nation. “But I’m pretty certain he’s unhappy with where he is, and I like that just fine.” 

He’s right. Guzman, 64, has complained about “inhumane” prison conditions in the U.S. and has asked to be transferred to Mexico.

Guzman, the former top leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, was transferred to a “supermax” prison, ADX Florence, known as “The Alcatraz of the Rockies,” in Colorado in 2019. 

Guzman was captured in 2016 and sentenced to life in prison in the U.S. 

Before his capture, Guzman twice escaped maximum-security prisons in Mexico.  

Riley was named Fed of the Year in 2015

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