Emma Coronel Aispuro turned brunette again for her mugshot last week.
The glamorous beauty queen wife of Mexico’s most notorious drug lord had last appeared in public as a blonde, hair cascading down her back in a glamorous white lace wedding dress that she modeled for Mexican designer Benito Santos on Instagram. . In another photo, she models a bright purple dress that fits around the hips.
But as she prepares to rat out the high-ranking members of the Sinaloa cartel, including her own stepchildren, Colonel Aispuro was forced to adopt a more sober look with the drab green of prison, her full lips without red lipstick.
“He is definitely cooperating,” a federal law enforcement source told The Post, adding that Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s wife is a likely candidate for witness protection.
“Emma wants to get away from violence and has always wanted to live in the United States,” said the source. He was born in California and has dual US / Mexican citizenship.
Colonel Aispuro, 31, surrendered to authorities in Washington earlier this week and faces more than 10 years in prison if convicted of drug trafficking. She is also charged with helping the 63-year-old Guzmán escape from a maximum security Mexican prison in 2015 and helping plan another escape before he was extradited to the United States in 2017, according to court documents.
The long-legged brunette, fond of flashy designer clothing, was a fixture in her husband’s trial in Brooklyn federal court in 2019. At the time, The Post exclusively reported that she was under federal investigation for helping lead The poster that is now headed by the source, said the stepchildren Ovidio Guzmán López, 30, Iván Archivaldo Guzmán, 37, Jesús Alfredo Guzmán Salazar, 34, and Joaquín Guzmán López, whose age is unknown.
Along the way, the former journalism student and aspiring model has amassed nearly 600,000 followers on Instagram. She posts glamorous photos of herself in low-cut tops and diamond chandelier earrings, and shared Instagram stories about her luxurious Venice vacation shortly after Guzmán was sentenced to life in prison in a federal maximum security prison in Colorado in July 2019. walks and dinners overlooking the canals. A video showed two glasses of white wine at an open-air restaurant, but it was unclear if he was on a date.
Previous photos uploaded to her social media sites during her husband’s trial showed the brunette in skimpy bikinis on windswept beaches. Others featured her in skinny jeans paired with stilettos and Prada handbags, standing in the middle of a fleet of high-end sports cars. Since then, those photographs and video stories have been removed.
After the trial, Coronel Aispuro also registered the trademark “El Chapo Guzmán” to sell a line of clothing, cell phone cases and hats, according to public records.
Although it is unclear whether the business venture went ahead, Coronel Aispuro retained many of his fans. Shortly after news of his arrest on Monday, many of those social media followers left heart emojis alongside photos of Colonel Aispuro in a tight black leather jacket, a gold crown on his head and raised red lips.
Her fans expressed shock that “the Warbler,” the little queen, who also made a guest appearance on VH1’s “Cartel Crew” two years ago, had been arrested. “Is it true that Emma is in jail?” asked one of his Instagram followers. “Free the queen,” wrote another.
Coronel Aispuro, mother of 9-year-old twins Emali Guadalupe and Maria Joaquina, is being represented by a team of attorneys led by Manhattan attorney Jeffrey Lichtman, who also defended her husband.
“She already had her defense attorney lined up before she got on a plane to turn herself in,” the source told The Post. “Her number one priority is protecting her children and staying in the United States.”
She has long denied knowledge of her husband’s drug business. But an FBI agent who questioned more than 100 members of the Sinaloa cartel said in court documents that “Coronel was aware of multi-ton cocaine shipments, multi-kilogram heroin production, multi-ton marijuana shipments and shipments of methamphetamine in tons quantities. ” After visiting her husband in Mexican prisons, she relayed messages to her trusted officers, court documents say.
During Guzmán’s trial in Brooklyn, Dámaso López Núñez, the drug lord’s former lieutenant, testified that El Chapo contacted him shortly after his capture by Mexican Marines in February 2014. López said his boss asked him to “meet with the twins’ mother.” referring to Colonel.
Coronel Aispuro was born in July 1989 near San Francisco, but grew up in a remote area of northwestern Mexico surrounded by pine forests. His father, Inés Coronel Barrera, was a rancher in the region and a feared drug trafficker who worked for Guzmán. The daughter met Guzmán when she was still a teenager and a participant in a beauty pageant during the Coffee and Guava Festival in the town of Canelas in 2007.
Guzmán, then 50, fell in love with her on the spot, though the marriage was seen as a way to solidify Inés Coronel Barreras’s position within the Guzmán cartel in Sinaloa. Barreras was convicted of weapons and marijuana trafficking charges in 2017, and is currently serving a 10-year sentence in Mexico.
Since Guzmán’s extradition to the United States, the Sinaloa cartel has been dominated by the oldest of his 15 children, known as “Los Chapitos.” In 2019, his turf war with rival drug gang Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación turned particularly brutal, resulting in more than 2,000 deaths. In October of that year, when Mexican authorities captured Ovidio Guzmán López, known as El Ratón or “the mouse,” the threat of violence was considered so high that they let him go.
Lichtman declined to comment when contacted by The Post.