El Chapo’s Wife Arrested In DC For Planning A Sum of $3M To Break Out Her Husband

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Emma Modesta Coronel Aispuro is an American former teenage beauty queen. She is often cited as the wife of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, once considered Mexico’s most-wanted drug lord.

The wife of Joaquin ‘El Chapo‘ Guzman has been arrested at Washington DC‘s Dulles Airport and charged with drug trafficking, with an informant accusing her of masterminding a $3 million plan to break him out of Mexico’s jails. 

Emma Coronel Aispuro, a 31-year-old former beauty queen with both U.S. and Mexican citizenship, was detained on Monday in the first major cartel detention of Joe Biden’s administration.

She will appear in court on Tuesday before Judge Harvey G. Michael, charged with participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana for importation into the U.S. 

While she is undoubtedly a high profile arrest for the authorities, she is far from being a major player in her own right. Many suspect that prosecutors will lean heavily on her to ‘flip’ – something which, for someone so embedded in trafficking culture, may not come easy. 

She is also accused of helping Guzman, now 63, in his infamous July 11, 2015 escape through a tunnel dug beneath Altiplano prison, in Almoloya de Juarez, Mexico. 

The U.S. government’s case is helped by an informant, named only as ‘Cooperating Witness 1,’ who testified that they were given $100,000 by Coronel to help his escape from prison when he was recaptured in 2016, and $1 million in total.

Emma Coronel seen leaving Court Room

The informant also claims that Coronel oversaw a plan by which a further $2 million was sent to bribe Mexico’s head of prisons to send Guzman from a prison in Ciudad Juarez back to Altiplano, where he would once again be busted out of jail.

According to the indictment, Coronel ‘stated to Cooperating Witness 1 that approximately $2 million had been paid to the Mexican official who oversaw the Mexican prisons to facilitate the transfer.’

Mike Vigil, a former DEA agent who worked undercover in Mexico, told DailyMail.com that Coronel was ‘a narco princess’ deeply enmeshed in the world of trafficking.

After Guzman was re-arrested in Mexico in January 2016, Coronel is alleged to have engaged in planning the additional jail break, before he was eventually extradited to the U.S. in January 2017. 

‘She was not a distributor, or a money launderer, or involved in logistics,’ said Vigil.  ‘But she did things he ordered he to, like passing messages.’

Source: Dailymail.co.uk

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