The wife of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the famous Mexican king sentenced to life in prison in 2019, has been arrested for her alleged role in the international drug trafficking system.
Emma Coronel Aispuro, a 31-year-old former beauty queen, was arrested Monday at Dulles International Airport in Virginia and faces numerous charges for “participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine , heroin and marijuana for importation into the United States. », Said the authorities.
Prosecutors allege Coronel conspired to help her husband during his July 11, 2015 escape from the Altiplano prison. About six months later, after Guzman was arrested again, Coronel reportedly tried to plan another prison break before her husband’s January 2017 extradition to the United States.
El Chapo was convicted in 2019 for his role as leader of the Sinaloa cartel and ultimately sentenced to life plus 30 years in prison. He is serving his sentence at the Maximum American Administrative Penitentiary, or ADX, in Florence, Colorado.
Coronel attended her husband’s successful Brooklyn trial almost every day, listening to graphic witness statements about Guzman and his illicit crimes – and numerous cases. During the trial, she was reprimanded twice during the three-month trial after slipping a banned cell phone into the courtroom and having illegal contact with Guzman.
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In an interview with The New York Times, Coronel, a dual Mexican-American citizen, has revealed that she admires her husband, whom she married on his 18th birthday and with whom she shares two daughters. According to the criminal complaint filed Monday, Coronel’s family had a “historic friendship with Guzman.”
“I don’t know my husband as the person they’re trying to show him,” Coronel said in 2019. “But I admire him more as the human being that I met, and the one that I married .
Prosecutors now say Coronel did more than admire his wife, but also worked alongside her for the Sinaloa cartel. Prosecutors previously alleged that the Mexican cartel was responsible for smuggling over 100 tons of cocaine into the United States for 30 years and that Guzman ordered the murder of dozens of people to protect himself and his smuggling empire.
Coronel knew that “Guzman was a leader of the Sinaloa cartel and that Guzman was coordinating the distribution of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana for the purpose of illegally smuggling these narcotics into the United States for distribution,” the officials said. prosecutors. She also knew that El Chapo’s sons were high-ranking members of the cartel and that her father, Ines Coronel, coordinated drug transportations for the family.
From 2012 to 2014, Coronel relayed messages on behalf of Guzman as he tried to avoid being captured by Mexican authorities, prosecutors said. After El Chapo’s arrest in February 2014, she continued to pass on messages she received from Guzman during her visits to prisons – which were not monitored by Mexican authorities.
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Some of these messages, according to the complaint, coordinated the logistics of selling and transporting the cartel’s ongoing drug trafficking programs, making Coronel “the go-between and the messenger” between her husband and the rest of the cartel.
Prosecutors also allege Coronel helped facilitate her husband’s infamous escape from the Altiplano through an underground tunnel. Coronel allegedly enlisted the help of an individual, who then began to cooperate with the government, and Guzman’s sons to execute the evacuation plan and build the tunnel under the shower of El Chapo’s cell.
The plan was successful, according to prosecutors, and Guzman was a fugitive until January 8, 2016, when he was arrested by Mexican authorities. After his arrest, federal authorities requested his extradition to the United States to face charges, prompting El Chapo to again ask his wife to plan another escape.
“According to Cooperating Witness 1, about a month after Guzman’s arrest and detention on January 8, 2016, he / she met Coronel. Coronel told Cooperating Witness 1 that Guzman wanted to escape again and wanted to know if Cooperating Witness 1 would help escape again. Cooperating Witness 1 agreed, ”the complaint states.
In another meeting, Coronel gave the witness around $ 100.00 to help him buy property near the Altiplano Jail as part of another escape plan. The witness told authorities that they “had received a total of about $ 1 million for the implementation of this evacuation plan,” authorities said.
The complaint says the plan was halted when Guzman was moved to a facility in Juarez. “After Guzman’s transfer, according to Cooperating Witness 1, Coronel told him that she and others were trying to facilitate Guzman’s transfer to the Altiplano prison where an escape would be possible. Coronel told Cooperating Witness 1 that approximately $ 2 million had been paid to the Mexican official who supervised Mexican prisons to facilitate the transfer, ”the complaint states.
However, Guzman was never transferred out of Juarez, and any hope of his next escape vanished when he was extradited to the United States ahead of his trial.
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