Emma Coronel Aispuro – wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman aka “El Chapo” – confessed on Thursday in a Washington federal court of helping her husband run his Sinaloa cartel. She also admitted to plotting to help her husband break out of a Mexican prison in 2015.
As part of a plea bargain with federal prosecutors, Emma Coronel Aispuro pleaded guilty to charges that included knowingly and deliberately plotting to distribute heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine, laundering money and engaging in financial relations with the Sinaloa drug cartel. She also admitted to plotting to help her husband break out of a Mexican prison in 2015.
She can even be sentenced to life imprisonment for just distributing drugs. Prosecutor Anthony Nardozzi said Guzman’s wife helped import more than 450,000 kilograms of cocaine, 90,000 kilograms of heroin, 45,000 kilograms of methamphetamine and about 90,000 kilograms of marijuana.
Nardozzi stated that Coronel “served as an intermediary” in delivering news to cartel members following the arrest of her husband, and also conspired with Guzman’s sons to “plan and coordinate” his breaks from prison. Coronel said she understood the allegations and the consequences of the plea. The judge set the tentative date of the verdict for September 15th.
$ 12.6 billion of property arrest and forfeiture
The 31-year-old former beauty queen stayed arrested in February at Washington Dulles airport in Virginia; she was charged with involvement in the international drug trafficking.
Coronel was born in California – she has American and Mexican citizenship. In 2007, she married “El Chapo”, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in New York in 2019 plus 30 years without parole. He was also ordered to forfeit property in the amount of USD 12.6 billion.
As the most powerful drug lord in Mexico, “El Chapo” was the leader of the cartel responsible for smuggling cocaine and other drugs into the United States.
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