Prisons Famous Prisoners at ADX Florence Facility  

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The United States Penitentiary ADX is a federal supermax prison located in Colorado - and it is the prison El Chapo is going to. It is sometimes referred to as "the Alcatraz of the Rockies." The supermax prison is home to inmates the federal prison system have declared the most dangerous in the country. Violent gang leaders, foreign and domestic terrorists, and inmates with a history of violent crimes towards fellow inmates and prison guards can all be found at ADX Florence. 

Who is the most famous prisoner at the ADX Florence Facility? Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh used to top the list. The Gulf War veteran detonated a truck bomb in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in 1995 killing 168 people and injuring over 600. Now, El Chapo is the most dangerous man at the prison. Cartel Lord El Chapo, born Joaquín Guzmán, once claimed he killed 2,000-3,000 people. At ADX Florence, McVeigh was housed on “Bombers Row” along with Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, New York Latin Kings founder Luis Felipe, and the 1993 World Trade Center terrorist Ramzi Yousef.

Here are the most dangerous criminals locked up in the "unescapable" Colorado supermax prison.


Joaquín Guzmán Loera is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Prisoners at ADX Florence Facility
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Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera is the Mexican drug lord who headed the Sinaloa Cartel, a criminal organization named after the Mexican Pacific coast state of Sinaloa where it was formed. Known as "El Chapo Guzmán" for his 1.68 m stature, he became Mexico's top drug kingpin in 2003 after the arrest of his rival Osiel Cárdenas of the Gulf Cartel, and until his February 2014 arrest, he was considered the "most powerful drug trafficker in the world" by the United States Department of the Treasury. Guzmán has been ranked by Forbes magazine as one of the most powerful people in the world every year since 2009, ranking 41st, 60th and 55th respectively. He was named as the 10th richest man in ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 61

Birthplace: Badiraguato, Mexico

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Timothy McVeigh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Prisoners at ADX Florence Facility
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Timothy James "Tim" McVeigh was an American who committed an act of domestic terrorism by detonating a truck bomb in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. Commonly referred to as the Oklahoma City bombing, the attack killed 168 people and injured over 600. According to the United States Government, it was the deadliest act of terrorism within the United States prior to the 9/11 attacks, and remains the most significant act of domestic terrorism in United States history. McVeigh, a militia movement sympathizer and Persian Gulf War veteran, sought revenge against the federal government for their handling of the Waco Siege, which ended in the deaths ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 33 (1968-2001)

Birthplace: Lockport, New York, United States of America

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Michael Swango is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Prisoners at ADX Florence Facility
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Joseph Michael Swango is an American serial killer and former licensed physician. It is estimated that Swango has been involved in as many as 60 fatal poisonings of patients and colleagues, though he only admitted to causing four deaths. He was sentenced to three consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole, and is serving that sentence at the ADX Florence supermax prison in Florence, Colorado. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 64

Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington, United States of America

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David Lane is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Prisoners at ADX Florence Facility
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David Eden Lane was an American white nationalist leader and convicted felon. A founding member of The Order, he died while serving a 190-year prison sentence in the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 69 (1938-2007)

Birthplace: Woden, Iowa, United States of America

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