Beauty queen wife of Mexican drug lord El Chapo ‘will plead GUILTY to helping run his narcotics empire and breaking him out of jail’
- Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, was arrested at Dulles airport in DC in February
- She was accused of working with her husband to help run Sinaloa drug cartel
- Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman was convicted in February 2019 by a New York court
- He is currently in a Supermax prison in Colorado, serving a life sentence
- Coronel is the mother of his twin daughters, Maria Joaquina and Emali
The wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman is expected to plead guilty this week to federal charges of helping him run his cartel, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.
Emma Coronal Aispuro, a 31-year-old former beauty queen with dual Mexican-U.S. citizenship, was arrested at the Dulles International Airport in February.
Known as the ‘Kardashian of Sinaloa,’ prosecutors accused her of working with her husband to help run the Sinaloa drug cartel.
Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, will plead guilty this week to helping her husband Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman run his drug empire, The New York Times reported on Tuesday. He was convicted by a New York court in February 2019 and is serving a life sentence in Colorado
Her husband, Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, is seen in February 2014 after he was presented before the Mexican press, as proof of his arrest. He would later escape – allegedly with his wife’s help
Coronel cultivated a substantial social media following thanks to the high-profile trial
Prosecutors say Coronel also conspired in Guzman’s famous July 2015 escape from the Altiplano prison in Mexico through a mile-long tunnel dug from his cell.
Her plea agreement with prosecutors in Washington does not require her to cooperate with the U.S. authorities, the person familiar with the case told The New York Times.
One person with extensive knowledge of the family and the case told DailyMail.com they doubted she was not cooperating, adding: ‘She knows enough’.
She is expected to appear in court in Washington DC on Thursday and enter her plea, the paper reported.
If convicted of all charges, she faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a fine of $10 million.
Guzman, 63, was convicted in February 2019 in a high-profile Brooklyn trial of masterminding a multibillion dollar drug enterprise for his drug operation.
Coronel is seen outside court in Brooklyn with two of her husband’s lawyers, Eduardo Balarezo (left) and William Purpura (right)
Coronel is seen with their twin daughters, Maria Joaquina and Emali, outside court in New York in June 2018. During the trial Guzman would frequently wave and blow kisses at the trio
Guzman waves at his wife in a court sketch during a sentencing hearing, on July 17, 2019
Coronel, mother of his twin daughters Maria Joaquina and Emali, was a constant presence at the trial, using it to showcase her dramatic outfits. She later announced she was launching a fashion line.
During the trial jurors heard how Coronel’s father and brother both worked for Guzman, head of the Sinaloa Cartel.
Her father, Inés Coronel Barreras, served as one of Guzman’s top lieutenants before his arrest in Mexico in 2013.
Coronel is his third, or possibly fourth, wife and famously caught his eye as a teenage beauty queen at a Sinaloa event.
Her husband was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years, and locked up in the federal Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado.