The former president of Mexico apparently criticized the country’s current leader after the arrest in the United States of Emma Coronel Aispuro, the beauty queen wife of notorious drug lord “El Chapo,” for allegedly helping her husband run his multi-million dollar criminal empire.
Vicente Fox, who served as president of Mexico from 2000 to 2006, took to Twitter on Monday, shortly after the news of Coronel’s arrest, to say, “Don’t worry, Emma.”
“The president will come to the rescue !!” he added about the news of his arrest.
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Current Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has previously criticized US police for the October 2020 arrest of a former Mexican defense secretary, retired General Salvador Cienfuegos, for alleged drug trafficking and money laundering.
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Cienfuegos was arrested in Los Angeles in October, after being secretly indicted by a federal grand jury in New York in 2019. He was charged with conspiring with the H-2 cartel in Mexico to smuggle thousands of kilos of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana while he was Secretary of Defense from 2012 to 2018.
Prosecutors said the intercepted messages showed that Cienfuegos was accepting bribes in exchange for ensuring that the military did not take action against the cartel and that operations were launched against its rivals. He was also accused of introducing cartel leaders to other corrupt Mexican officials.
Under pressure from implicit threats from Mexico to restrict or expel US agents, US prosecutors dropped their case so that Cienfuegos could be returned to Mexico and investigated under Mexican law.
In January, Mexican prosecutors ruled that the US case was completely unfounded and acquitted Cienfuegos of the charges.
López Obrador has offered help to Guzmán’s family in the past. In February 2019, just days after the cartel leader was convicted in New York, López Obrador said he instructed his government to help “El Chapo’s” family in seeking humanitarian visas to visit the drug trafficker.
On Sunday, Coronel, 31, was arrested at Dulles International Airport in Virginia for alleged international drug trafficking.
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The 31-year-old, who has two daughters with Guzmán, faces a charge of conspiracy to distribute a kilo or more of heroin, five kilograms or more of cocaine, 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana and 500 grams or more of methamphetamine for import illegal to the United States, the Justice Department said.
She was also accused of helping her husband run his billionaire cartel and plotting his audacious escape from a Mexican prison in 2015.
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During his first court appearance Tuesday, Coronel was ordered to remain behind bars awaiting trial. The judge’s order came after Coronel’s attorney, Jeffrey Licthman, said he would consent to his temporary detention, while maintaining his right to request a future bond hearing.
She faces a minimum of 10 years in prison if convicted, with a maximum of life in prison and a $ 10 million fine.
Associated Press contributed to this report.