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Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of Mexico’s most notorious drug dealer, better known as El Chapo, was arrested Monday and charged with helping her husband run his multibillion dollar criminal empire and d ‘plotting to get him out of prison after his capture in 2014.

Ms Coronel, a former beauty queen, had been under investigation for at least two years by US federal authorities for being an accomplice of her husband, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, who was convicted in a 2019 trial in Brooklyn for orchestrating a massive drug conspiracy. and was subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment.

Court documents filed in Ms Coronel’s case indicate that she relayed messages for Mr Guzmán helping him make drug shipments from 2012 to 2014 and escape capture by legions of US authorities and Mexican women who had pursued him for years. During Mr Guzmán’s trial, it was proven that Ms Coronel was also the main conspirator in a sophisticated plot to get him out of the Altiplano prison in Mexico by digging a kilometer-long tunnel in the shower of his cell.

Ms Aispuro, 31, a dual Mexican-American citizen, of Culiacán, Mexico, was arrested at Dulles International Airport, near Washington. She is scheduled to appear in federal court for the first time on Tuesday via videoconference in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

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