The wife of famous Mexican drug lord “El Chapo” is expected to plead guilty this week to charges related to his alleged assistance in helping him run his multibillion-dollar empire, a person familiar with the matter has confirmed to the producer. principal of CBS News Investigative Unit. Pat Milton.
His early plea was first reported by The New York Times, which also quotes someone familiar with the matter. This was also confirmed by Agence France-Presse.
The Times says she will also plead guilty to helping him escape from a Mexican high-security prison after one of his arrests.
Newspaper says Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, is scheduled to appear in Federal District Court in Washington, DC on Thursday.
Aispuro was arrested by US authorities at Dulles International Airport outside Washington in February on suspicion of aiding her husband’s drug smuggling business.
The former beauty queen was slapped on a conspiracy charge to traffic cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana for import into the United States.
A guilty plea may help reduce his sentence.
Joaquin Guzman was the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, one of Mexico’s most notorious drug trafficking groups.
He led an operation that delivered hundreds of tons of narcotics to the United States and was behind several murders of those who passed him, according to court documents.
He was extradited to the United States in 2017 to be tried and convicted and sentenced to life in prison two years later.
According to the Justice Department, Coronel was involved in cartel activity and also allegedly aided in two plots to help Guzman escape Mexican prison, the first of which was successful in 2015.
Guzman is now in the United States’ highest security prison, ADX Federal Prison in Florence, Colorado.
A dual Mexican-American citizen and mother of twins by Guzman, Coronel, 32 years younger than her husband, appeared in court almost every day of her three-month trial in New York.
She had been banned from all contact with him for more than two years in pre-trial detention.
But during the trial, every day as he entered and left the courtroom, Guzman touched his heart and sent him a kiss.
During the trial, it was suggested that she was involved in his business and his escape from prison, but the authorities let her come and go freely.