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World US detains wife of Mexican drug cartel chief El Chapo

08:07  23 february  2021
08:07  23 february  2021 Source:   aljazeera.com

Emma Coronel Aispuro went from beauty queen to the notorious El Chapo's wife. Then came her high-profile arrest

  Emma Coronel Aispuro went from beauty queen to the notorious El Chapo's wife. Then came her high-profile arrest Two years after El Chapo was shuffled out of a New York courtroom in leg irons, 31-year-old Emma Coronel Aispuro was arrested at Dulles International Airport. US authorities allege she was not just the narco's wife, but a player in his international drug empire. El Chapo was a fugitive when they marriedAs surprising as the news of her arrest might have been, she wasn't the first Coronel to get into trouble over alleged cartel links.Prosecutors allege Ms Coronel Aispuro likely grew up with ties to the criminal world.

The wife of Joaquin " El Chapo " Guzman, the imprisoned former leader of Mexico 's Sinaloa drug cartel , was arrested Monday over her alleged involvement in international drug trafficking, the U . S . Department of Justice said. FILE - This photo shows the shower area where authorities claim drug lord Joaquin " El Chapo " Guzman slipped into a tunnel to escape from his prison cell at the Altiplano maximum security prison, in Almoloya, west of Mexico City, July 15, 2015. U . S . and Mexican efforts to fight drug trafficking had become strained when the Justice Department brought drug charges in

Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin " El Chapo " Guzman was arrested from an airport outside of Washington. She's been detained on international drug trafficking charges. Emma Coronel Aispuro was arrested when she arrived at the Dulles International Airport outside of Washington. The 31-year-old faces charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana for unlawful importation into the US . More to follow dvv/rs (AFP, AP).

The wife of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the imprisoned former leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel, has been arrested over her alleged involvement in international drug trafficking, the US Department of Justice said.

a couple of people posing for the camera: Coronel was charged on Monday in a one-count complaint with conspiring to distribute heroin, cocaine, cannabis and methamphetamines for unlawful importation into the United States [File: Kena Beantcur/AFP] © Coronel was charged on Monday in a one-count complaint with conspiring to distribute heroin, cocaine... Coronel was charged on Monday in a one-count complaint with conspiring to distribute heroin, cocaine, cannabis and methamphetamines for unlawful importation into the United States [File: Kena Beantcur/AFP]

Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, who regularly attended her husband’s trial two years ago, was arrested on Monday at Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia and is expected to appear by video conference in a federal court in Washington on Tuesday.

The wife of Mexican drug lord "El Chapo" arrested in Washington

 The wife of Mexican drug lord © REUTERS - JEENAH MOON Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of Joaquin Guzman, known as "El Chapo", at the exit of the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse, February 5, 2019. The wife of Mexican drug lord "El Chapo" was arrested Monday at Washington International Airport. Emma Coronel Aispuro is accused, among other things, of helping her husband run his drug empire. She is due to appear this Tuesday before a federal judge.

The wife of jailed Mexican drug lord Joaquín " El Chapo " Guzmán has been arrested in the US on suspicion of drug trafficking, US authorities say. Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, was detained at Dulles International Airport outside Washington DC. She is charged with participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana. Guzmán is currently serving a life sentence in New York for drug trafficking and money laundering. The 63-year-old is a former head of the Sinaloa cartel , which officials say was the biggest supplier of drugs to the US .

FILE PHOTO: Joaquin " El Chapo " Guzman is escorted by soldiers during a presentation in Mexico City. By Brendan Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sons of accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin " El Chapo " Guzman murdered a journalist well known for his coverage of drug cartels , a former associate testified at Guzman's U . S . trial on Wednesday. Damaso Lopez Nunez, a former top lieutenant to Guzman, made the accusation in Brooklyn federal court under cross examination by one of Guzman's lawyers.

A lawyer for Coronel could not immediately be identified. It was unclear why Coronel, a dual US-Mexico citizen, was in the Washington, DC area.

Coronel’s arrest came two years after a trial in Brooklyn where Guzman, now 63, was convicted of trafficking tonnes of drugs into the United States as Sinaloa’s leader. Prosecutors at the trial said Guzman amassed power through murders and wars with rival cartels.

He was sentenced in July 2019 to life in prison plus 30 years, which the sentencing judge said reflected Guzman’s “overwhelmingly evil” actions. Guzman was sent to ADX Florence in Colorado, the US’s most secure prison.

Coronel was charged on Monday with conspiring to distribute heroin, cocaine, cannabis and methamphetamines for unlawful importation into the US.

Wife of Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' arrested at US airport

  Wife of Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' arrested at US airport US authorities arrested the wife of jailed Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman on Monday at Dulles International Airport outside of Washington, the Justice Department said. Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, faces one charge of conspiracy to traffic cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana for importation into the United States, it said. Guzman was the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, one of Mexico's most notorious drag trafficking groups. HeEmma Coronel Aispuro, 31, faces one charge of conspiracy to traffic cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana for importation into the United States, it said.

The wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman says she fears for her husband’s sanity as masked guards watch his every move in a cell near the Texas border in Mexico . Emma Coronel Aispuro, Guzman’s wife and the mother of his twin children, has filed a complaint with Mexico ’s national human rights commission over Guzman has reportedly made several allegations of mistreatment, and has complained of becoming a “zombie” from lack of sleep. The notorious drug lord, known as “ El Chapo ,” oversaw a sprawling cartel that dominated the illicit drug market in the U . S . He was captured in his

For Joaquín " El Chapo " Guzmán, whose feats of escapology were matched only by his drug -smuggling acumen, it was a trademark yet ultimately futile manoeuvre. The 17 Mexican marines raiding his ranch nearby would catch him soon enough. Six months earlier, he had humiliated Mexican authorities by " We 're never going to see his like again," Douglas Century, the author of the book Hunting El Chapo , told the BBC. Guzmán was the oldest of seven children born into a poor family in the rural community of La Tuna in Sinaloa state , north-west Mexico . His parents - Emilio Guzmán Bustillos and María

Prosecutors allege Coronel also conspired to aid her husband in his July 2015 escape from the Altiplano prison in Mexico, when he dug a mile-long tunnel from his cell, and began plotting a second escape following his capture by Mexican authorities in January 2016.

According to the complaint, as much as $2m was paid to an unnamed Mexican official, who oversaw the country’s prisons, to facilitate Guzman’s second attempt to escape.

Strained ties

US and Mexican efforts to fight drug trafficking became strained in October when the US Justice Department brought drug charges against former Mexican Defence Minister Salvador Cienfuegos.

The Justice Department unexpectedly dropped that case the following month and let Cienfuegos return to Mexico, a move Mexico said would help restore trust.

Cienfuegos was exonerated two months later when Mexico dropped its own case.

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El Mencho’s drug empire "is putting poison on the streets of the U . S .," said Chris Evans, who runs the DEA’s day-to-day global operations. CJNG has skirted Mexican and U . S . inspections at legal border crossings by hiding drugs in semitrailers hauling tomatoes, avocados and other produce The cartel also recruits spies in the Mexican government and police to keep its leaders out of jail and avoid drug busts. Those who refuse bribes are threatened or killed. A veteran Jalisco police officer, who asked not to be identified for his safety, said CJNG has officials on its payroll at the local, state and federal levels.

The Mexican cartel chief Joaquin " El Chapo " Guzman was found guilty on Tuesday in federal court in New York City. The verdict came after 11 weeks of testimony from high-profile cartel figures and law-enforcement officials. The case revealed an array of sordid details about the Sinaloa cartel and Guzman himself. After six days of deliberations, jurors in New York City returned a guilty verdict in the trial of the Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquin " El Chapo " Guzman, finding him responsible for all counts of an indictment that included charges of drug trafficking, conspiracy, and use of firearms.

Tomas Guevara, an investigator in security issues at the Autonomous University of Sinaloa, said Coronel’s arrest might be part of a “pressure strategy” to prompt cooperation from Guzman.

A Mexican official familiar with Coronel’s case, who asked not to be identified, said her arrest appeared to be solely a US initiative and that Coronel was not wanted in Mexico.

Coronel and Guzman have been married since 2007, when they wed in an ostentatious ceremony in a village in Durango state. At the time, Coronel was an 18-year-old beauty queen.

Coronel has also been identified by US authorities as the daughter of Ines Coronel Barreras, as a “significant foreign narcotics trafficker” and an important member of the Sinaloa cartel.

‘Cartel Crew’

Coronel was barred from all contact with Guzman during more than two years of pre-trial detention.

But during the trial, each day as he entered and left the courtroom, Guzman touched his heart and blew his wife a kiss.

There were suggestions that she was involved in his business and prison escape, but authorities let her come and go freely.

“I can only say that I have nothing to be ashamed of. I am not perfect, but I consider myself a good human being who has never hurt anyone intentionally,” she said at the end of the trial.

Months later, Coronel appeared on the VH1 reality series Cartel Crew, about the lives of people seeking to break away from families involved in the drug trade.

In an episode filmed on board a luxurious yacht near Miami, Coronel told Michael Blanco, the son of Colombian cocaine queen Griselda Blanco, that she wanted to have a normal life, and was thinking about launching a clothing line in the name of her husband.

“Sometimes you just want to do what other people do,” she said while sipping champagne.

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