Tuesday, February 23, 2021

USA: wife of “El Chapo” detained on charges of international drug trafficking


  • Court documents indicate that Emma Coronel Aisupuro relayed messages from and to Guzmán, helping him control his drug empire 2012-2014
  • The court has evidence of her assistance in trying to escape “El Chapo” from prison. One of them was to dig a mile-long tunnel under the prison walls, which was to lead to a shower in Guzmán’s cell
  • Emma Coronel Aisupuro, 31, holds dual Mexican-American citizenship
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The article is being updated.

The arrest was made at Dulles International Airport in Virginia. Emma Coronel Aisupuro is also accused of conspiring with others to aid El Chapo in his escape from Altiplano prison in July 2015. The prosecution believes she and others planned to organize another prison break for the drug king before his extradition to the US in January 2017

El Chapo’s wife will stand in Washington District Court on Tuesday.

“El Chapo”. Who is the legendary drug king?

“El Chapo” is the nickname of Joaquin Guzmán, the Mexican drug lord. “El Chapo” was one of the founders and leaders of the Sinaloi cartel. . Guzmán is currently serving a life sentence.

“El Chapo” family with many children

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán was born in the village of La Tuna near Badiraguato, Sinaloa State, Mexico. His real date of birth is unknown. Two dates are taken into account: December 25, 1954 and April 4, 1957.

He came from a poor and large family which, together with his parents, numbered twelve people. The subsequent criminal activities of “El Chapo” resulted in four members of his family being murdered and four more arrested.

The family was mainly supported by the father, who cultivated poppy seeds, which were necessary for the production of opium and cocaine. Distribution was handled by Joaquin’s uncle, who was shot dead by the federal police in September 1978. At that time, the young Guzmán became involved in the emerging Guadalajara cartel. Brilliance, sense and a talent for business made him quickly climb up the cartel hierarchy. “El Chapo” was incl. originator of drug smuggling to the USA in fire extinguishers.

Wizjoner “El Chapo” Guzmán

With all the major cartel members finally in prison in 1989, “El Chapo” came into play, transforming a disintegrating organization into its own and well-functioning Sinaloa cartel (in honor of its Mexican state).

“El Chapo” started operating on a large scale, introducing many innovative solutions – including a network of underground tunnels under the US-Mexico border and drug connections to the US. He also smuggled drugs into the United States by water thanks to submarines. The visionary also constructed a belt production network – drugs were packed in cans marked “chili” and shipped to the USA.

However, not everyone liked the activity of “El Chapo”. Especially other cartels rivaling it. May 24, 1993 was to be the last day of Guzmán’s life. He was supposed to be killed by members of the Tijuana cartel in the parking lot of Guadalajara airport. The action was unsuccessful and the drug baron miraculously escaped death. However, one of the prominent archbishops was the victim of the attack. This caught the attention of Mexican authorities who have since launched a gigantic manhunt on “El Chapo”.

Two “El Chapo” escapes from prison

Guzmán was captured on June 9, 1993 on the Mexico-Guatemala border. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison. However, this did not prevent him from continuing to manage the cartel from the cell. In early 2001, a Mexican court agreed to extradition to the US. The next day, “El Chapo” fled because in the United States he was facing a death penalty. According to the official version of events, he hid in a trolley with dirty clothes transported to the laundry. However, help from bribed guards is likely. The investigation revealed that 71 people were involved in the escape, including 15 prison employees.

Since then, “El Chapo” Guzmán has expanded worldwide, doing business in as many as 36 countries. He produced heroin and marijuana in Mexico, smuggled methamphetamine from Thailand and cocaine from Colombia. In Guatemala, he created a gigantic transhipment port. From there, the finished drugs went to the USA and Europe.

Despite the raid on “El Chapo”, he hid from the justice system for the next 13 years. He was captured on February 22, 2014 in the morning. It was a joint operation by the Mexican Navy, DEA and USMS. More than a year later – on July 11, 2015 – Guzmán escaped from prison after passing through a tunnel carved by his accomplices.

Guzmán did not enjoy the freedom of “El Chapo” for too long. He was again captured on January 8, 2016. A year later (January 19, 2017) he was extradited to the US. Ultimately, on July 17, 2019, he was sentenced by a US court to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

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