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El Chapo’s wife Emma Coronel Aispuro pleads guilty to drug trafficking


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.

[Previous story, published at 12:53 a.m. ET]

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s wife, who was a regular at his federal trial, will plead guilty on Thursday to being a “minimal participant” in helping her husband run his drug empire, The New York Times reported .
Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, was arrested in February for international drug trafficking at Dulles International Airport and has remained in detention pending trial.
She was charged in a criminal complaint for conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, five kilograms or more of cocaine, 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana and 500 grams or more of methamphetamine for illegal importation into the country, according to a press release from the Justice Department.

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.

El Chapo’s wife Emma Coronel Aispuro pleads guilty to drug trafficking
During Guzman’s trial, a cooperating witness said that Coronel and others worked together to coordinate the details of Guzman’s latest escape from prison in Mexico and that Coronel often relayed messages from Guzman in prison to others.

The New York Times reported that as part of Coronel’s plea, it would not be required to cooperate with US authorities.

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