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Drugs leader El Chapo’s wife arrested on drug charges in the United States

Drugs leader El Chapo’s wife arrested on drug charges in the United States

The wife of Mexican drug leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, whom US law enforcement accuses of helping prepare her husband’s daring escape from a Mexican prison in 2015, has been arrested Monday at an airport in Virginia for international drug trafficking in the United States. Said the Ministry of Justice.

Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, who has dual US and Mexican citizenship, was arrested at Dulles International Airport and is expected to appear in federal court in Washington on Tuesday.

She is charged in a single count criminal complaint of conspiring to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana in the United States.

The Justice Department also accuses her of helping her husband escape a Mexican prison in 2015 and of participating in planning a second prison escape before Guzman was extradited to the United States. in January 2017.

Coronel Aispuro remained in detention and it was not immediately clear whether she had a lawyer who could comment on the allegations.

Guzman, Mexico’s most powerful drug kingpin, escaped through a shower opening in his cell leading to a lighted 1.6 kilometer-long tunnel with a motorcycle on rails. Planning for the escape took a long time, prosecutors said, with his wife playing a key role.

Court documents accuse Coronel Aispuro of working with Guzman’s sons and a witness, who is now cooperating with the US government, to organize the construction of the underground tunnel that Guzman used to escape the Altiplano prison in the Mexico in order to prevent him from being extradited. to USA

The plot included buying land near the prison, guns and an armored truck, and smuggling a GPS watch so that they could “pinpoint exactly where it is in order to build the tunnel with a entry point accessible to him, “according to court documents. .

Coronel Aispuro is accused of helping her husband, Mexican drug king Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman, escape from prison in 2015. (Henry Romero / Reuters)

Guzman was sentenced to life in prison in 2019. His Sinaloa cartel was responsible for smuggling mountains of cocaine and other drugs into the United States under his 25-year-old leadership, prosecutors said in recent court documents. . They also said that his “army of hitman, “or” contract killers, “was ordered to kidnap, torture and kill anyone who stood in his way.

Coronel Aispuro, a former teenage beauty queen, regularly attended Guzman’s trial, even when testimony cast her in a cruel light. The two, separated by the age of over 30, have been together for at least 2007 and have twin daughters, born in 2011.

His father, Ines Coronel Barreras, was arrested in Mexico in 2013 along with one of his sons and several other men in a warehouse with hundreds of pounds of marijuana across the border from Douglas, Arizona. Months earlier, the US Treasury announced financial sanctions against Coronel Barreras for his alleged drug trafficking.

After Guzman was arrested again after his escape, Coronel Aispuro lobbied the Mexican government to improve her husband’s detention conditions. And after being sentenced in 2019, she decided to launch a clothing line in his name.

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