WASHINGTON DC, KOMPAS.com – US authorities have arrested the wife of imprisoned Mexican drug kingpin Joaqin “El Chapo” Guzman on Monday (22/2/2021) at Dulles International Airport outside Washington, the Justice Ministry said.
Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, faces charges of trafficking in cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana imported to the US reports news agency AFP.
Her husband, “El Chapo” Guzman is the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, one of Mexico’s most famous drug trafficking groups.
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According to court filings, Guzman shipped hundreds of tonnes of narcotics to the US and was the mastermind behind many of the murders of those who tried to get in their way.
The man was extradited to the US in 2017 to stand trial. He was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment 2 years later.
His wife, Coronel, according to the Ministry of Justice, played a role in Cartel activities and was accused of assisting in two plans to rescue Guzman in order to escape from a Mexican prison, one of which was successful in 2015.
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It was not previously known that the US government intended to detain him.
Coronel, who has dual US-Mexican citizenship, is the mother of twins. She appeared in court almost every day at her husband’s 3 month trial in New York.
She has been barred from having any contact with her husband for more than two years of pre-trial detention.
But during the trial, every day when he walked in and out of the courtroom, Guzman touched him by kissing his wife.
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During the trial there were indications that Coronel was involved in business and Guzman’s escape from prison, but the authorities let him come and go freely.
“I can only say that I have nothing to do with shame. I am not perfect, but I consider myself a good human being who has never hurt anyone on purpose,” Coronel said at the end of the trial.
Guzman is locked up in the highest-security prison in the United States, the ADX federal prison in Florence, Colorado.
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A few months later, Coronel appeared in the VH1 reality series “Cartel Crew”, about the lives of people trying to break away from families involved in drug trafficking.
In an episode recorded aboard a luxury yacht near Miami, Coronel tells Michael Blanco, son of Colombian cocaine queen Griselda Blanco, that he wants to have a normal life, and is thinking of launching a fashion business on her husband’s behalf.
“Sometimes you just want to do what other people do,” he said, sipping champagne.
Coronel is expected to attend a video conference in federal district court in Washington on Tuesday.
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