The wife of Mexican drug magnate Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was arrested in the United States on Monday.She was accused of helping her husbandHe planned to escape from a Mexican prison in 2015.
Emma Coronel Aispuro (Emma Coronel Aispuro), a 31-year-old former beauty queen, has been arrested at Dulles International Airport in Virginia and is expected to appear in Washington Federal Court on Tuesday. She is a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico.
Her arrest is the latest twist in a bloody transnational saga involving Guzman, the boss of the drug cartel in Sinaloa. Guzman escaped in two dramatic prison escapes in Mexico and became a legend that he and his family were almost inaccessible.
Now, his wife and his two daughters are accused of helping him run his criminal empire. In a single criminal case, Coronel was charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana in the United States. The Ministry of Justice also accused her of helping her husband get out of a Mexican prison in 2015 and participating in the second plan.Guzman escaped before being extradited to the U.S.
On Monday night, Coronel’s lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman declined to comment.
Prosecutors stated in recent court documents that as Mexico’s most powerful drug, Guzman runs a cartel responsible for smuggling large quantities of cocaine and other drugs into the United States during his 25-year rule. They also stated that his “military doctors” or “hitters” were ordered to kidnap, torture and kill anyone who interfered with him.
His escape experience became a legend and raised serious questions about the ability of the Mexican judicial system to hold him accountable. In one case, he escaped from the entrance under the shower in the cell and drove into a mile-long illuminated tunnel with a motorcycle hung on the rails. The prosecutor said that the plan to escape is extensive and his wife plays a key role.
Court documents allege that Coronel organized the construction of an underground tunnel with Guzman’s son and a witness (now working with the US government). Guzman had escaped from Altiplano prison in the past to prevent him from being extradited to United States. The court documents stated that a GPS watch was smuggled from him on a piece of land, guns and an armored truck near the prison so that they could “find out his exact whereabouts in order to build a passage so that he could enter.”
Guzman was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2019.
The teenage beauty queen Coronel regularly participates in Guzman’s trial, even if testimony suggests that she is imprisoned. The age difference between the two is more than 30 years. They have been together since at least 2007. Their twin daughters were born in 2011.
Her father, Ines Coronel Barreras (Ines Coronel Barreras) was arrested in 2013 along with a son and several other men. The warehouse contained hundreds of pounds of marijuana, crossed from Douglas, Arizona The border crosses the border. A few months ago, the US Treasury Department announced financial sanctions against his father for suspected drug trafficking.
After Guzman was arrested after escaping, Coronel lobbied the Mexican government to improve her husband’s prison conditions. After he was convicted in 2019, she moved to start a clothing production line in his name.
Mike Virgil, the former head of the International Operations Department of the Drug Enforcement Agency, said that Coronel “has been in the drug trade since she was a child. She knows the inner workings of the Sinaloa Cartel.”
He said she might be willing to cooperate.
Virgil said: “She has a lot of motivation, and that is her twins.”