The wife of “El Chapo”, one of the most powerful drug lords in the world, has agreed to plead guilty to helping him run his Mexican cartel, according to court documents filed Wednesday.
Emma Coronel Aispuro was arrested in February at Dulles Airport in Virginia and charged in federal court with helping her husband’s drug empire import tons of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana in the United States.
She will appear by video to enter her plea Thursday morning, according to a federal court entry.
El Chapo, whose name is Joaquin Guzman Loera, was arrested by Mexican authorities and extradited to the United States for trial in 2017 after twice escaping from Mexican prisons. A federal jury found him guilty of a series of charges and he was sentenced to life in prison, which he is serving at Supermax prison in Colorado.
Federal prosecutors said his wife relayed messages from El Chapo to other leaders of his Sinaloa cartel while he was on the run to avoid capture by Mexican police. She continued to serve as an intermediary while he was in Mexican jails and assisted in his two successful escapes, according to US prosecution documents.
A former beauty queen, Aispuro was introduced to El Chapo at the age of 17 and married him on his 18th birthday when he was 49. According to US authorities, his father was part of the Sinaloa cartel and was later sentenced to prison for drugs and firearms. traffic.
She was present at El Chapo’s trial in Brooklyn and told Telemundo, “I think that’s what any woman would do in my place, be with her husband through hard times.” She said she wanted to be there “somehow or other to make him feel and see me present, and feel my support.”
After the New York Post reported in February that she had agreed to cooperate with federal authorities investigating the structure of the Mexican drug cartel, her lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, said the apparent leak endangered the safety of his family.
“If there was an ongoing cooperation or about to continue, it was destroyed,” he said at the time.
Court documents filed Wednesday gave no indication of any cooperation agreement with prosecutors.