The wife of the infamous convicted drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was arrested Monday for her alleged role in an international drug trafficking scheme, according to federal prosecutors.
Emma Coronel Aispuro, a citizen of Mexico and the United States, was detained at Dulles International Airport outside of Washington, DC, the Justice Department said in a press release. Colonel Aispuro, 31, was charged with participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana in the United States, the Justice Department said.
He also allegedly conspired with others to aid El Chapo in his escape from a Mexican prison in July 2015. In that escape, Guzmán was freed through a shower stall in his cell into a mile-long lighted tunnel with a motorcycle. on rails.
The court documents denounce that Coronel Aispuro worked with Guzmán’s children and a witness, who is now cooperating with the United States government, to organize the construction of the underground tunnel that Guzmán used to escape from the Altiplano prison to prevent him from being extradited. to the United States. The plot included buying land near the prison, firearms and an armored truck and smuggling a GPS watch to him so they could “pinpoint his exact whereabouts and build the tunnel with an entry point accessible to him,” the documents say. judicial.
After her husband was arrested once more the following year, Coronel Aispuro was “involved in planning another prison break” before Guzmán was extradited to the United States in 2017. After Guzmán was arrested again after his escape, Colonel Aispuro pressured the Mexican government to improve the husband’s prison conditions.
Colonel Aispuro is scheduled to appear in federal court in Washington DC on Tuesday. He remained in custody and it was not immediately clear if he had an attorney who could comment on the allegations.
The former teenage beauty queen regularly attended Guzmán’s trial, even as the testimony cast her in a harsh light. The two, separated in age for more than 30 years, have been together since at least 2007 and share twin daughters, who were born in 2011.
His father, Ines Coronel Barreras, was arrested in 2013 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 United States Treasury had announced economic sanctions against Coronel Barreras for his alleged drug trafficking.
Guzmán was tried in the Eastern District of New York in 2019 and sentenced to life in prison in a massive drug conspiracy that spread murder and mayhem for more than two decades. After being convicted in 2019, Colonel Aispuro decided to launch a clothing line in his name.
He was known for being the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, responsible for smuggling mountains of cocaine and other drugs into the United States during his 25-year reign, prosecutors said in recent court documents. They also said that their “army of hitmen”, or “hit men,” had orders to kidnap, torture and kill anyone who got in their way.