The wife of the imprisoned Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán has been arrested in the USA. Emma Coronel Aispuro is accused of being involved in the activities of the Sinaloa cartel, which was previously run by her husband, according to the Justice Department in Washington.
The 31-year-old was arrested on Monday at the airport in the US capital Washington and will appear in court there on Tuesday via video link.
Coronel – who has both US and Mexican citizenship – is accused of participating in a conspiracy to smuggle the drugs cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana into the US. At first it was not communicated about the period. She is also said to have helped Guzmán escape from a Mexican prison in 2015 and later, before Guzmán was extradited to the United States in January 2017, planned another prison break.
“El Chapo”, leader of the powerful Sinaloa cartel in Mexico for 25 years, is sitting in a maximum security prison in the US state of Colorado. A court in New York had sentenced him to life imprisonment plus 30 years in July 2019 – Coronel was among the spectators in the courtroom at the time.
A jury found Guzmán, now 63, guilty of all ten charges in one of the largest drug trials in American history – including involvement in a criminal organization, the manufacture and international distribution of cocaine and heroin, as well as money laundering and the use of firearms.