Wife of El Chapo arrested over ‘drug trafficking’

Wife of El Chapo arrested over 'drug trafficking'
Emma Coronel Aispuro stayed loyal to her husband, attending nearly every day of his trial in 2019. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Jailed Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’s wife has been arrested in the US on suspicion of drug trafficking, US authorities say.

The 31-year-old Emma Coronel Aispuro was detained at Dulles International Airport outside Washington DC.

She is charged with participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana.

Guzmán is currently serving a life sentence in New York for money laundering and drug trafficking.

El Chapo is a former head of the Sinaloa cartel, which officials say was the biggest supplier of drugs to the US.

His trial in 2019 heard shocking revelations about his life, from drugging and raping girls as young as 13 to carrying out the cold-blooded murders of former cartel members and rivals.

The US justice department said Ms Coronel Aispuro is due to appear in a federal court in DC via video conference.

As well as facing drug trafficking charges, Guzmán’s wife is also accused of conspiring with others to help her husband escape from prison in Mexico in 2015.

The 63-year-old was sprung from Mexico’s maximum-security Altiplano prison after his sons bought a property near the prison and a GPS watch smuggled into the prison gave diggers his exact location. The drug lord escaped by riding a specially adapted small motorcycle through the tunnel.

Court documents said Ms Coronel Aispuro was allegedly involved in planning another prison escape for her husband before he was extradited to the United States in January 2017.

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