Wife of El Chapo has been arrested for drug smuggling and also for plotting to spring her husband out of Mexican jail.
Joaquin ‘El Chapo‘ Guzman’s wife was arrested at Dulles Airport in Washington DC and charged with cocaine dealing, with an informant accusing her of masterminding a $3 million scheme to expel him from Mexico’s prisons.
In the first major cartel detention of the Joe Biden administration, Emma Coronel Aispuro, a 31-year-old former beauty queen with both U.S. and Mexican citizenship, was arrested on Monday.
On Tuesday, she will testify before Judge Harvey G. Michael, accused of engaging in a scheme to traffic cocaine, methamphetamine, opium and marijuana for importation into the United States, in court.
The trafficking allegations continued from 2014 until the extradition of her husband to the United States in January 2017.
Although she is certainly a high-profile arrest for the police, in her own right, she is far from a big player. Many suspect that investigators are going to lean heavily on her to ‘flip’ – something that does not come easily for someone so entrenched in the world of prostitution.
She is also accused of helping Guzman, now 63, escape into a tunnel dug under Altiplano prison in Almoloya de Juarez, Mexico, after his notorious July 11, 2015 escape.
The argument of the U.S. government is backed by an informant, known only as ‘Cooperating Witness 1,’ who testified that Coronel offered them $100,000 to aid his escape from jail when he was recaptured in 2016, and a sum of $1 million.
The informant also says that Coronel supervised a scheme to send another $2 million to bribe Mexico’s prison director to send Guzman back to Altiplano from a prison in Ciudad Juarez, where he will be busted out of jail again.
According to the complaint, Coronel ‘reported to Cooperating Witness 1 that the Mexican official who managed the Mexican prisons to facilitate the move was paying approximately $2 million.’
DailyMail was told by Mike Vigil, a former DEA agent who worked undercover in Mexico, that Coronel was ‘a narco princess’ profoundly enmeshed in the trafficking culture.
Coronel is believed to have been interested in organizing the additional prison escape after Guzman was re-arrested in Mexico in January 2016, before he was subsequently extradited to the U.S. in January 2017.
‘She was neither a distributor, nor a money launderer, nor was she interested in logistics,’ Vigil said. ‘But she did stuff, including passing notes, that he told him to do.’
Vigil found out that before his extradition to the United States, all her supposed activity took place – officials in the United States were well aware of her position, and therefore prohibited her from trying to support him while behind bars.
It is not believed that she was able to see him inside the jail in Colorado.
Her current priority was on her daughters, Vigil said, and investing his money, noting:’ She’s no longer interested.’
He added:’ Did she take part, then? Yeah. Yes.
‘But these accusations have to do with stuff she has done in the past. It’s not that she’s on her own branching out.’
In a one-count criminal indictment, Coronel is charged with conspiracy to sell one kilogram or more of heroin; five kilograms or more of cocaine; 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana; and 500 grams or more of methamphetamine for illicit importation into the U.S.
Jeffrey Lichtman, Guzman’s counsel, told DailyMail that he is defending Coronel.