Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of the head of the Mexican drug cartel Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, appears before United States Magistrate Judge Robin Meriweather and his attorney Jeffrey Lichtman during a virtual hearing in federal court in Washington, DC, on February 23, 2021 in this sketch of the courtroom. .
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WASHINGTON – A federal judge has ordered the wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to remain in temporary detention after her arrest at Dulles International Airport on drug charges.
Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, was charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana in the United States.
She faces a minimum of 10 years in prison or a maximum of life in prison and a possible fine of $ 10 million.
Coronel, a former beauty queen, has twin daughters with the head of the Sinaloa cartel.
The Justice Department also accused her of running her husband’s billionaire cartel. He has dual citizenship of the United States and Mexico.
Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, is escorted by security as she leaves federal court on July 17, 2019 in the Brooklyn district of New York City.
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The Justice Department accused Coronel of helping her husband escape from a Houdini-style Mexican prison in 2015.
The Sinaloa cartel boss escaped from a maximum security prison in July 2015 after slipping through a hole in the shower area of his cell.
The 1½ foot by 1½ foot space in the shower floor led to a custom tunnel almost 30 feet below the Altiplano prison complex. The tunnel was 5 feet high and almost 3 feet wide and was equipped with a ventilation system.
A view of the tunnel through which according to the authorities Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán escaped from the Mexican Maximum Security Prison of ‘El Altiplano’ on July 15, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico.
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According to a witness who now works with the United States government, Coronel helped organize the construction of the elaborate escape tunnel with Guzman’s sons.
The 2015 escape was the second time that Mexican authorities lost custody of Guzmán.
The pawn who became a powerful cartel leader first escaped from prison in 2001. He managed to evade capture for 13 years.
After more than six months on the run, Guzmán was captured again in 2016 by Mexican authorities.
Joaquín Guzmán Loera, also known as “El Chapo” is transported to the El Altiplano Maximum Security Prison in Mexico City, Mexico, on January 8, 2016.
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Following his arrest in 2016, the witness told US authorities that Coronel provided a Mexican official with $ 2 million to supervise Guzmán’s transfer from one prison to another.
According to US prosecutors, Coronel ordered the transfer to facilitate a new escape. The drug lord was never transferred. A year later, he was extradited to the United States. After a three-month trial in 2019, the drug lord was sentenced to life in prison.