Wife of notorious drug dealer ‘El Chapo’ arrested in Virginia for aiding husband’s cartel

The wife of the world famous, notorious drug dealer ‘El Chapo’ was arrested Monday over allegations of being involved in aiding her husband’s drug cartel, as well as his escape from a Mexican prison in 2015. 

Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of the infamous drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’, has been arrested at Washington Dulles International Airport in Sterling, Virginia. On Monday, authorities found her and arrested her on the grounds of being an alleged accomplice in the drug cartel of her husband. The charges are over alleged participation in conspiring to distribute cocaine, heroine, methamphetamine, and marijuana across the U.S./Mexico border, per the Justice Department. It is believed that Aispuro assisted her husband in his escape from Antiplano Prison in Mexico on July 11, 2015, as well as attempted numerous other escapes the following years since then.

El Chapo was arrested again in January of 2016, and subsequently extradited to the U.S. in 2017. He was convicted of 10 criminal counts in federal court in New York in 2019 and is serving a life sentence in federal prison. Emma is also believed to have conspired in the assist of El Chapo’s prison escape attempt just one year after his 2015 escape. Aispuro’s arrest is just the next piece of the puzzle in the string of controversy tied to the Guzman family. According to NPR, “El Chapo was the head of the Sinaloa drug cartel for nearly 30 years. Two prison escapes in Mexico helped boost the legend surrounding Guzmán and his family”.

Crime is not limited to Guzman and his predecessors, but his kids are involved as well. Citing NPR: “In October 2019, a massive gunfight between the cartel’s gunmen and Mexican authorities broke out after government officers attempted to arrest one of Guzmán’s sons, Ovidio Guzmán López, who is wanted in the U.S. on drug trafficking charges”. Just one year after that, he was arrested. However, he was later released after the cartel’s gunman went on a rampage across the Mexican city of Culiacan, Sinaloa state capital on the pacific coast of Mexico. Many military troops and bystanders were killed in the shooting spree.

Aispuro’s involvement began in 2007 when Guzman first married her. She was very young, still a teenager, when her and Guzman had twin daughters together. Though, it wasn’t Guzman who first introduced her to the drug moling life. Aispuro’s father, Inés Coronel Barreras, was a member of a cartel known as the Sinaloa Cartel. He and his son Omar were arrested in April of 2013, in Mexico. Just four years later in 2017, the two were arrested yet again and sentenced to 10 years in prison for marijuana and firearm offenses by the Mexican authorities. Aispuro relayed messages from Guzman to drug traffickers while in hiding from Mexican authorities. It is reported that she did this for upwards of two years. According to NPR, Aispuro reportedly told authorities that, “she and Guzmán’s sons were attempting to facilitate her husband’s transfer to another facility and that around $2 million had been paid to the Mexican official in charge of the country’s prisons to make that happen”.




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