Wife Of El Chapo Arrested In U.S. On Drug Charges

Emma Coronel Aispuro

Wife Of El Chapo Arrested In U.S. On Drug Charges

Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán faces several drug charges and is under investigation for allegedly helping her husband escape …

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Wife Of ‘El Chapo’ Arrested In U.S. On Drug Charges Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán faces several drug charges and is under investigation for allegedly helping her husband escape from a Mexican prison in 2015.

Wife Of ‘El Chapo’ Arrested In U.S. On Drug Charges

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February 23, 20213:32 AM ET

Emma Coronel Aispuro (far left), wife of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, is facing several charges for her alleged involvement in the Sinaloa Cartel’s drug trafficking as her husband sits in a U.S. prison.

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Emma Coronel Aispuro (far left), wife of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, is facing several charges for her alleged involvement in the Sinaloa Cartel’s drug trafficking as her husband sits in a U.S. prison.

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The wife of one of the world’s most notorious drug kingpins, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, was arrested Monday for allegedly helping her husband run his multi-billion dollar international drug cartel and for aiding in his 2015 escape from a Mexican prison.

Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, a California-born, dual U.S.-Mexican citizen, was arrested Monday at Washington Dulles International Airport. She faces charges for participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana for importation into the U.S., to the Justice Department.

Investigators also believe Coronel conspired with others to assist Guzmán in his July 11, 2015 escape from Altiplano prison in Mexico and tried to organize a second escape from jail a year later.

Coronel’s arrest is the latest development in the Guzmán cartel family saga. El Chapo was the head of the Sinaloa drug cartel for nearly 30 years. Two prison escapes in Mexico helped boost the legend surrounding Guzman and his family.

After Guzmán was re-arrested in Mexico in January 2016 following his first prison escape, he was extradited to the U.S. in 2017. He was convicted of ten criminal counts in federal court in New York in 2019 and is currently serving life in prison.

between the cartel’s gunmen and Mexican authorities broke out after government officers attempted to arrest one of Guzmán’s son, Ovidio Guzmán López, who is wanted in the U.S. on drug trafficking charges.

He was arrested but later released after the cartel’s gunmen took off on a rampage across the city of Culiacán, the capital of Sinaloa state on Mexico’s Pacific coast, killing military troops and bystanders.

Coronel’s involvement

Coronel married Guzmán in 2007 when she was a teenager. She and Guzmán have two twin daughters together.

Her father, Ines Coronel Barreras, was a member of the Sinaloa Cartel. He and his son, Ines Omar Coronel Aispuro, were arrested in Mexico in April 2013. Four years later, a Mexican court sentenced the two to more than 10 years in prison for marijuana trafficking and firearms violations.

The FBI alleges that Coronel played an active role in her husband’s business while he was both evading arrest and while he was imprisoned.

According to court documents, from 2012 to 2014 Coronel relayed messages on behalf of Guzmán to support the drug trafficking operations while her husband was in hiding from Mexican authorities. After he was first arrested in 2014, she continued to deliver messages she received from Guzmán when she visited him in prison.

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