Wife of Mexican drug lord “El Chapo” arrested near Washington

Suspected of being involved in a narcotics ring, the wife of famous Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was arrested Monday, February 22, at Washington International Airport, US authorities announced.

Emma Coronel Aispuro, with dual American and Mexican citizenship, is due to appear before a federal judge on Tuesday. She plans to plead not guilty, reports her lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, to Agence France-Presse (AFP).

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Her husband, co-founder of the Sinaloa cartel and considered at the time to be the most powerful drug trafficker in the world, was sentenced in July 2019 to life imprisonment in the United States and is serving his sentence in a high security prison. from Colorado.

The FBI in charge of the investigation

The thirty-something, a former beauty queen, is accused of being a member of a drug trafficking ring flooding the United States with illegal substances ranging from cocaine to marijuana, including heroin and methamphetamine.

According to the document detailing the prosecutions that target her, she is also accused of having participated in the sophisticated operation of her husband’s escape in July 2015 from a prison in Mexico: “El Chapo” had been killed. « belle » by a tunnel of a kilometer and a half leading to the shower of his cell and equipped with rails, inflicting a scathing snub to the Mexican authorities.

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The American federal police – the FBI – is in charge of the investigation concerning the young woman, who had attended almost the entirety of the trial of her husband in 2019. The justice had then authorized her that very little contact with her husband, inter alia forbidding him to visit him in detention or to speak to him on the phone.

The World with AFP

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