The wife of Mexican drug lord El Chapo, 31-year-old Emma Coronel Ispuro, was detained in the United States on suspicion of organizing drug trafficking. She was taken into custody at Washington Dulles International Airport.
The American authorities consider her to be involved in the leadership of the network for the distribution of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine.
Her husband, 63-year-old Joaquin Guzman, nicknamed El Chapo (Shorty), has been serving a life sentence for drug trafficking since July 2019.
He headed the Sinaloa drug cartel and is considered one of the most famous criminals of our time. The US authorities hold him responsible for smuggling hundreds of tons of cocaine into the country over 25 years.
He is also responsible for the rape of underage girls and numerous murders of competitors and members of his cartel.
What Ispuro is accused of
Emma Ispuro will soon appear before US federal court via video link.
In addition to drug trafficking, she is charged with organizing the escape of El Chapo from prison in Mexico in 2015. At the time, he was in one of the most heavily guarded Mexican prisons.
His sons were able to give him a watch with a built-in GPS system, according to which they determined the most suitable place to escape: they dug a tunnel with lighting, ventilation and stairs.
Also, according to documents in the possession of American justice, Emma Ispuro was involved in planning another escape for her husband right before he was extradited to the United States in January 2017.
She herself does not comment on the charges against her.
A devoted wife
Ispuro has dual citizenship – Mexico and the United States. In a marriage with El Chapo, she had twin boys.
She is called the most devoted wife of a hardened criminal. She attended nearly every El Chapo trial in New York, which lasted three months.
During the trial, she heard not only about the murders and rapes committed by her husband, but also testimony that he spied on her and had many mistresses.
“I don’t know my husband from the side that is painted here, but I admire him as the person whom I met and married,” she said at the end of the trial.
El Chapo was born into a poor family in the state of Sinaloa in northwestern Mexico. His start-up business has earned him such profits that Forbes ranked him at # 701 in 2009. His fortune was then estimated at about one billion dollars.
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