During the trial against Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán Loera, Emma Coronel Aispuro managed to stay free of the accusations that fell against her husband, who was finally found guilty by a jury of 10 counts related to drug trafficking and sentenced to life imprisonment plus 30 years in prison.
Despite the fact that evidence and testimony were alleged at the trial suggesting that she had participated in illegal activities of the Sinaloa Cartel – which her father helped found and her husband directed for 30 years – the authorities did not press charges against her at the time. .
Little more than two years later, Colonel, 31, has been arrested and is now facing a criminal investigation who accuses her of conspire for distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana in the United States and details how he allegedly assisted Guzmán in his multi-million dollar narcotics business and even helped him escape from a Mexican maximum security prison in 2015. It will be presented by videoconference in the District of Columbia Court on Tuesday.
This is what the documents of his case released this Monday reveal:
Research presented by FBI agent Eric S. McGuire claims that she was aware of her husband’s activities at all times. “From 2012 to 2014, Coronel relayed messages on behalf of Guzmán to promote drug trafficking activity,” reads the document, which attributes the information to cooperating witness number 1.
Among the evidences that the agent includes in his accusation is a letter that ‘El Chapo’ sent to one of his collaborators, in which, according to suspicion, Coronel is mentioned as an assistant. “The mother of the twins [Coronel, según el FBI] has a message for all of you, “Guzmán wrote.
A source from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) confirmed to Noticias Telemundo that the witness referred to by the FBI agent is Dámaso López, also known as ‘El Licenciado’, a former collaborator of ‘El Chapo’ who spoke out against him during the trial in 2019.
Agent McGuire also details how Coronel allegedly helped her husband escape from a Mexican maximum security jail in 2015.
Dámaso López served as deputy director of the Puente Grande prison in Jalisco, from where ‘El Chapo’ escaped in 2001. He has also been linked to the murder of Mexican journalist Javier Valdéz in Culiacán, Sinaloa, on May 15, 2017.
López testified during Guzmán’s trial that Coronel had helped him carry out his elaborate escape plan in 2015 from the Altiplano maximum security prison in the State of Mexico.
The FBI agent claims in the document that Coronel “provided cooperating witness number 1 with about $ 100,000 and instructed him / her to arrange the purchase of property near the prison.” For it, I would have spent a total of about $ 1 million.
Coronel would have met with López and four of Guzmán’s children to buy the land and plan the excavation of the tunnel through which her husband would end up escaping on a motorcycle on rails, including the logistics to take him to the Sinaloan mountains.
Later, when Guzmán was transferred to another prison, Colonel allegedly ordered a cartel member to bribe a Mexican prison official with $ 2 million to be transferred back to the Altiplano, according to the documents.
McGuire also described how Coronel had helped Guzmán run his multi-billion dollar drug business, assisting him with shipments of shipments between 2012 and 2014, and helping him evade US and Mexican authorities.
“Coronel grew up with knowledge of the narcotics industry and married Guzmán when he was a teenager … Coronel was aware of the tons of cocaine shipments that were being shipped, the tons of heroin that were produced … he understood the drug proceeds that he controlled during his marriage to Guzmán, “the document reads.
‘El Chapo’ married Coronel in 2007 when she was just 17 years old; She was the daughter of Ignacio Coronel, one of the founders of the Sinaloa Cartel.
Alarm in the Sinaloa Cartel after the arrest of Emma Coronel
Mike Vigil, former director of International Operations for the DEA, assured in an interview with Noticias Telemundo that Emma Coronel knows the insides of the Sinaloa Cartel perfectly.
“If she decides to collaborate with the United States Department of Justice, then that will hurt the Sinaloa Cartel a lot. I think that at this moment, the ‘Chapitos’, Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada, and other members of the cartel quite scared if she collaborates, “Vigil said.
Sources close to the Guzmán family told Noticias Telemundo that, in fact, The relationship between Emma Coronel and her husband’s older children has deteriorated, the Guzmán López brothers: Joaquín, 34, and Ovidio, 28; and the Guzmán Salazars: Iván Archivaldo, 39, and Jesús Alfredo, 36.
“Emma does not get along with the children of ‘El Chapo’. All of Iván’s communication with her was through Iván’s girlfriend. Because Iván criticized her for believing herself a star and told her to stay put, to leave the celebrity life, “said the source who requested anonymity for security reasons.
Emma Coronel has denied having ties to illicit businesses
In a exclusive interview with Noticias Telemundo in December 2018, Coronel She assured that she had never participated in the illicit businesses that were then attributed to her husband and of which she ended up being found guilty.
“At this point the Government has been in charge of verifying if I have done something illegal, if I have illegal accounts, I know that at this point it is perfectly known that not,” said Coronel at that time. “I would not be sitting here, with so much pressure I am sure that they have already seen everything in my life, I am transparent, I am calm, I have done everything very well ”, she added.
Coronel has not yet had the opportunity to plead innocent or guilty of the charges that will just be presented in the Washington District Court this Tuesday, which he will attend via videoconference.
His legal team – made up of lawyers Jeffrey Lichtman and Mariel Colón, who also represented ‘El Chapo’ – has not advanced what his legal strategy will be.
This is Mariel Colón, Emma Coronel’s lawyer
Attorney Colón confirmed to Noticias Telemundo that she and attorney Jeffrey Lichtman were representing Joaquín Guzmán Loera’s wife.
“We are right now investigating the allegations that the government made in the accusatory instrument,” Colón said in an interview with Telemundo journalist Marisset Vereni on Tuesday night.
Colón announced that at Tuesday’s hearing, which will most likely take place via videoconference, the charges against Coronel will be formally read. The defense will then have the opportunity to examine the evidence presented by the prosecutors and prepare their case.
The lawyer stated that she has already been in communication with her client, but declined to say if ‘El Chapo’ was already aware of his arrest.
Colón also declined to comment on what will happen to the two daughters of Emma Coronel, whose identity we do not reveal because they are minors and the potential dangerous situation they could face.