Emma Coronel Aispuro the wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and money laundering charges due to her involvement of her husband’s narcotics empire.
Coronel was arrested in February on international drug trafficking charges at Dulles International Airport and remained detained pending trial.
She told US District Judge Rudolph Contreras she accepted her plea agreement and was well informed of the charges against her. She has pleaded guilty to all charges and cooperate with U.S. authorities or provide information about her husband’s contacts, business partners and relatives.
She is accused of running the Sinaloa drug cartel and helping orchestrate El Chapo’s July 2015 escape from Mexico’s Altiplano prison that El Chapo escaped via a mile-long tunnel dug from his cell.
Her hearing occurred in Washington D.C after Drug Kingpin Guzman was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years running the largest criminal drug trafficking empire and head of the Sinaloa Cartel.
According to court documents, Aispuro is charged with participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana for importation into the U.S. After Guzman was re-arrested in Mexico in January 2016, Coronel Aispuro is alleged to have engaged in planning yet another prison escape with others prior to Guzman’s extradition to the U.S. in January 2017.
“The defendant aided and abetted the objectives of the Sinaloa Cartel,” Anthony Nardozzi, Deputy Chief of Litigation at the Justice Department, told the court.
In 2019, Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, known by various aliases, including “El Chapo” and “El Rapido,” was sentenced today by United States District Judge Brian M. Cogan to life imprisonment plus 30 years to run consecutive to the life sentence for being a principal leader of a continuing criminal enterprise – the Mexican organized crime syndicate known as the Sinaloa Cartel – a charge that includes 26 drug-related violations and one murder conspiracy. The Court also ordered Guzman Loera to pay $12.6 billion in forfeiture.