Wife of Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' appears in U.S. court to face sentencing

U.S. prosecutors asked a judge on Tuesday to sentence the wife of imprisoned Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to four years in prison after she pleaded guilty to helping the Sinaloa drug cartel.


Reuters | Updated: 30-11-2021 23:00 IST | Created: 30-11-2021 23:00 IST
Wife of Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' appears in U.S. court to face sentencing

U.S. prosecutors asked a judge on Tuesday to sentence the wife of imprisoned Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to four years in prison after she pleaded guilty to helping the Sinaloa drug cartel. Emma Coronel Aispuro, 32, pleaded guilty https://www.reuters.com/legal/government/wife-drug-kingpin-el-chapo-readies-guilty-plea-washington-2021-06-10 in June to three counts of conspiring to distribute illegal drugs, conspiring to launder money and of engaging in financial dealings with the Sinaloa drug cartel.

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday also asked U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras to order Coronel to forfeit $1.5 million as part of her sentence. "While the overall effect of the defendant's conduct was significant, the defendant's actual role was a minimal one. The defendant acted primarily in support of her husband," federal prosecutor Anthony Nardozzi said.

He added that after her arrest, she "quickly accepted responsibility for her criminal conduct." Coronel, a U.S.-born former beauty queen who married Guzman while she was a teenager, was arrested at Dulles International Airport outside Washington in February.

As part of her plea agreement with prosecutors, Coronel admitted to acting as a courier between Guzman and other members of the Sinaloa cartel while he was being held in Mexico's Altiplano prison following his 2014 arrest. Guzman used those communications to plan his 2015 escape from the prison, north of Toluca, Mexico, through an underground tunnel built by the cartel leading to the shower in his cell.

The drug lord was recaptured in January 2016 and extradited one year later to the United States. He was convicted in February 2019 of drug trafficking, conspiracy, kidnapping, murder and other charges, and later sentenced to life in prison.

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