The wife of jailed drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has pleaded guilty to a series of charges after being accused of helping run his vast empire.
Emma Coronel Aispuro has been accused of aiding El Chapo in running the Sinaloa cartel, aiding his escape from prison in 2015 and conspiring to distribute illegal drugs.
The 31-year-old could be sentenced to life in prison after admitting a drug distribution charge in federal court in Washington DC.
She has also pleaded guilty to other counts of money laundering and financial transactions for the drug cartel, which could carry a combined sentence of 30 years in prison – although she is more likely to pass. about a decade in prison.
As part of her plea deal, she also admitted to plotting to help her husband escape in 2015 from the Altiplano,
a maximum security Mexican prison.
Coronel, who was born in California and holds both US and Mexican citizenship, could also be fined up to $ 10million (£ 7.1million).
Wearing a green jumpsuit and a white face mask to enter her plea before District Judge Rudolph Contreras, she said she understood the charges and the repercussions of her guilty pleas.
The judge set a tentative sentencing date of September 15.
The former beauty queen was arrested in February on allegations, she relayed messages to help her husband deal in drugs between 2012 and 2014 and continued to relay messages to Guzman during prison visits after his arrest in February 2014.
In July 2015, Guzman escaped from a federal prison in Mexico, through a tunnel leading to the Santa Juanita neighborhood in Puebla.
He had already been arrested in 2001 but had escaped from a Mexican prison with the help of a maintenance worker.
In February 2019Guzman, 64, was convicted of organizing the drug empire in a high-profile trial in New York City.
He was sentenced to life and an additional 30 years and is being held in a Colorado supermax prison.