Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of El Chapo, has been arrested at the Dulles Airport, Washington D.C., on Monday. She was arrested on drug trafficking charges where it was alleged that she played a significant role in distributing cocaine, marijuana, heroin, and methamphetamines.
El Chapo is a convicted Mexican drug lord whose real name is Joaquin Guzman Loera.
On Tuesday, a judge ordered El Chapo’s wife to remain in custody, and her lawyers are said to be in the process of a bail application. Coronel poses a substantial flight risk, and that’s why prosecutors urged the judge not to allow her to be released before trial.
Coronel, 31-years-old, came into the limelight when she monitored her husband’s hearing at the 2018-2019 federal trial in Brooklyn, New York. She followed the entire hearing from a detention center via a Spanish translation. It’s the same trial, which her husband was sentenced to life in prison.
She possesses dual U.S.- Mexican citizenship, and her husband was the leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa narcotics cartel. This could be some of the reasons why she is facing drug trafficking charges after landing on US soil.
There is a conspiracy that she distributed drugs in the USA and allegedly helped her husband escape from a Mexican prison in 2015. Another charge involves her trying to plot a third prison escape that was halted when El Chapo’s extradition in 2017 was sent to the U.S. for trial.
During Tuesday’s hearing, Coronel was represented by Jeffrey Lichtman, one of El Chapo’s lawyers. Lichtman consented to her detention but told U.S. Magistrate Judge Robin Meriweather that he would consult with prosecutors before proposing a bail application.
According to the U.S Department of Justice’s Narcotics and Dangerous Drug Selection representative, Antony Nardozzi, Coronel poses a serious risk of flight, and he believes that pretrial detention is justified.
Nardozzi told Judge Meriweather that Coronel still has direct access to El Chapo’s Sinaloa drug cartel and access to substantial funds. He added that she doesn’t have any ties to Washington, D.C. area where she was arrested.
The court also had the same argument that explained how Coronel grew up in an environment that exposed her to the narcotics trafficking industry, and she has acquired lots of knowledge in that field. More so, she married El Chapo when she was a teenager, and this implies that she understands the scope of the Sinaloa Cartel’s drug trafficking.
It’s believed that she either has a hand on or knows all about all the multi-ton shipments of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine that are done under her husband’s Sinaloa Cartel.
Another primary charge Coronel is facing is plotting an escape plan for her husband, which he escaped through an underground tunnel linked to the Mexican prison. This allegation came from a cooperating witness, and that explains why during El Chapo’s trial in 2018-2019, she was implicated but not charged by the Brooklyn federal court.
However, with Coronel’s arrest on US soil, the court is now determined to charge her on drug trafficking charges linked to her husband’s, El Chapo, Sinaloa cartel.
Rachel Lott is a Reporter for Chroniclex After graduating from Cuyahoga Community College, Rachel got an internship at USA Evening and worked as a Reporter and Producer. Rachel has also worked as a Reporter for WKYC TV and Fox News Channel. Rachel Covers International Developments.