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Wife of ‘El Chapo’ is held on drug charge

- — Spencer S. Hsu Crime · White-collar Crime · Incidents · Latin America News · Narcotic Drugs · Prison · Society · Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán · Washington Dulles International Airport · Washington · Virginia · United States of America · Philippines Department of Justice · Emma Coronel Aispuro · Emma · Sinaloa · Mexico · Los Mochis · Sinaloa Cartel

The wife of the no­to­ri­ous drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was ar­rested Mon­day at Wash­ing­ton Dulles In­ter­na­tional Airport in Vir­ginia on charges re­lated to her al­leged in­volve­ment in in­ter­na­tional drug traf­fick­ing and her hus­band’s dra­matic prison es­capes, the U.S. Jus­tice Depart­ment an­nounced.

Emma Coronel Ais­puro, 31, a dual U.s.-mex­i­can cit­i­zen of Si­naloa, Mexico, was charged with con­spir­acy to dis­trib­ute cocaine, metham­phetamine, heroin and mar­i­juana for im­por­ta­tion into the United States with Guzmán’s Si­naloa Car­tel, U.S. au­thor­i­ties said.

The depart­ment al­leged that Coronel Ais­puro con­spired with oth­ers to as­sist Guzmán’s July 2015 es­cape from Mexico’s no­to­ri­ous Alti­plano prison and that she en­gaged in plan­ning an­other es­cape with oth­ers be­fore Guzmán’s ex­tra­di­tion in Jan­uary 2017.

Guzmán was sen­tenced to life in prison in fed­eral court in Brook­lyn in July 2019.

An at­tor­ney for Coronel Ais­puro could not be im­me­di­ately lo­cated for com­ment.

Coronel Ais­puro and the cou­ple’s mythol­o­gized mar­riage gained no­to­ri­ety dur­ing the trial, which she at­tended daily, at times blow­ing kisses to her hus­band from the re­served sec­ond-row seat. Coronel Ais­puro was in­tro­duced at age 17 to Guzmán, then 49, by her fa­ther, Inés Coronel Bar­reras, a Si­naloa car­tel lieu­tenant later sen­tenced to prison for traf­fick­ing drugs and firearms.

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