Wife of imprisoned drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán arrested for helping her husband run his drug empire
The wife of one of the world's most notorious drug kingpins, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, was arrested Monday for allegedly helping her husband run his multi-billion dollar international drug cartel and for aiding in his 2015 escape from a Mexican prison.
The 31 years old Emma Coronel, who married Guzmán when she was a teenage beauty queen, was arrested at Washington’s Dulles airport. The California-born, dual U.S.-Mexican citizen, was arrested on Monday. She faces charges for participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana for importation into the U.S., according to the Justice Department.
After Guzmán was re-arrested in Mexico in January 2016 following his first prison escape, he was extradited to the U.S. in 2017. He was convicted of ten criminal counts in federal court in New York in 2019 and is currently serving life in prison.
According to Wall Street Journal, "Ms. Coronel attracted media attention during the 2019 New York trial of her husband, who was sentenced to life in prison. During the trial, Ms. Coronel attended daily, dressed fashionably and wore dark sunglasses. She seemed impassive even as texts between Mr. Guzmán and a mistress were read aloud in court.
Coronel married Guzmán in 2007 when she was a teenager. She and Guzmán have two twin daughters together.
Her father, Ines Coronel Barreras, was a member of the Sinaloa Cartel. He and his son, Ines Omar Coronel Aispuro, were arrested in Mexico in April 2013. Four years later, a Mexican court sentenced the two to more than 10 years in prison for marijuana trafficking and firearms violations.