Drug kingpin El Chapo’s wife Emma Coronel to be released from prison: US authorities

Wife of Mexican kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman, Emma Coronel Aispuro, who was detained in 2021 on drug trafficking charges will soon be freed in Los Angeles, US authorities have announced. According to NBC Los Angeles, which cited the US Bureau of Prisons’ statement, Coronel is set to be released from a prison facility in California. The 31-year-old was charged with helping her husband, a drug lord, run his multibillion-dollar criminal empire. Aispuro holds dual US-Mexican citizenship. She was also handed two years of supervised release, additionally. 

In 2021, the drug lord’s wife pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges against her at a court in Washington. She was charged in a single-count criminal complaint with the conspiracy to smuggle drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana within the United States. She was arrested by the police in February 2021 at Dulles International Airport in Virginia. Aispuro was, in fact, extradited to the US in 2017 in the sprawling fentanyl-trafficking investigation after she made two successful escapes from maximum security prisons back in Mexico. 

Accused of cooperating with ‘command-and-control structure’ of Sinaloa cartel

Aispuro was indulged in cooperating closely with the “command-and-control structure” of the Sinaloa cartel, according to the prosecutors. She largely conspired to distribute large quantities of drugs and smuggled them into the US. During her 2019 trial, prosecutors said that she orchestrated Guzman’s two prison breaks in Mexico.

Aispuro assisted the drug lord in escaping through a tunnel dug underneath a Mexican prison in 2015 by smuggling a GPS watch in a food item that paved the way for a high-profile escape, said the prosecutors. However, the kingpin and the leader of the Sinaloa cartel was recaptured in 2016. She was sentenced to three years in prison in 2021 on charges of money laundering, smuggling illegal drugs and illegal financial dealings. The drug lord’s wife also acted as a ‘courier’ between El Chapo and other organisation members while he was serving jail time at Altiplano prison in 2014. Emma Aispuro’s three-year sentence was reduced after she agreed to forfeit approximately $1.5 million of proceeds accumulated from criminal activities. 

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