Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of Mexican drug boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, pleaded guilty Thursday to three drug trafficking charges linked to her husband’s drug empire.
She argued in federal court in Washington almost two years after Guzman was sentenced to life in prison over 30 years for engaging in an ongoing criminal enterprise as well as drug and firearms trafficking as a leader of the Sinaloa cartel.
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The complaint also cited his alleged involvement in Guzman’s 2015 escape from a Mexican prison.
Coronel was a regular at Guzman’s federal trial in Brooklyn in 2019, appearing almost daily for the two-month trial. Guzman, who previously headed the Sinaloa drug cartel, has been convicted of 10 counts, including participation in an ongoing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to launder drug proceeds, international distribution of cocaine , heroin, marijuana and other drugs, and the use of firearms. He was sentenced to life in prison over 30 years and is currently being held in Supermax Colorado Prison. They are parents of twins.
The New York Times reported that as part of Coronel’s plea, it would not be required to cooperate with US authorities.