The US authorities have arrested the wife of the Mexican “drug lord”, Joaquin Guzman, called “El Chapo”, on charges of drug trafficking.
Emma Coronel, 31, was detained at Dales International Airport on the outskirts of Washington, DC.
She was charged with participating in the distribution of cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana.
Guzmán is currently serving a life sentence in New York, after being convicted of drug trafficking and money laundering.
El Chapo is 63 years old. He headed the “Sinaloa” gang, which officials believe is the largest drug supplier in the United States.
His trial in 2019 revealed terrifying secrets about his life, including drugging and rape of girls as young as 13 years old, and the execution of former members of his gang and competitors.
The Justice Department said Emma will appear in federal court in Washington, DC, via video link.
As well as distributing drugs, Emma is accused of conspiring with others to help her husband escape from prison in 2015 in Mexico.
Her husband managed to escape from a high-security prison in Mexico after his sons bought a house adjacent to the prison, and they brought him a GPS watch that helped dig a tunnel up to his cell, and got out on a motorcycle designed for that show.
Court documents state that Emma was also involved in planning to smuggle her husband out of prison again before he was deported to the United States in 2017.
She did not comment on the charges against her.
The defendant holds US and Mexican citizenship and is the mother of Guzmán twins. She attended all of his court sessions in New York, and heard the horrific testimonies of his actions such as murder and rape, and even heard that he was spying on her and other mistresses.
Nevertheless, she remained faithful to him, and at the end of the trial, she said: “I do not know my husband with the image that they want to paint of him. Rather, I admire the person that I knew and whom I married.”
Guzmán comes from a poor family in the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa. His criminal fortune expanded to such an extent that he entered Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s richest people, with a fortune of $ 1 billion.
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