WASHINGTON (Monitoring Desk) Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s wife pleaded guilty to charges in the United States on Thursday, admitting that she assisted her husband in running his multibillion-dollar criminal organisation. Emma Coronel Aispuro arrived in federal court in Washington, wearing a green prison uniform, and entered a guilty plea to three federal felonies as part of a settlement with federal prosecutors.
For several years, the defendants knew and wilfully conspired to deliver heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine. She also admitted to participating in transactions with a foreign drugs drug smuggler and to a money-laundering scheme allegation.
The 31 year old was apprehended in Virginia’s Dulles International Airport in February and has been held in custody since then.
Prosecutors claim Coronel Aispuro “worked very closely with the Sinaloa cartel’s command-and-control structure” and conspired to distribute significant amounts of drugs anticipating they would be trafficked into the United States.
Authorities allege Guzman commanded a cartel responsible for smuggling cocaine and other contraband into the United States during his 25 years reign as Mexico’s most powerful drug lord. He also allegedly ordered his “army of sicarios,” or “hit men,” to abduct, torture, and kill anyone who got in his way, according to them.
According to the lawyer, Anthony Nardozzi’s wife “aided and abetted” the Sinaloa cartel’s goals of smuggling drugs into the United States, aiding in the importation of over 450,000 kilogrammes of cocaine, 90,000 kilogrammes of heroin, 45,000 kilogrammes of methamphetamine, and approximately 90,000 kilogrammes of marijuana.
Wife of El Chapo arrest was unexpected, in part because authorities had made no attempt to apprehend her over the preceding two years, despite the fact that she had been implicated in her husband’s criminal activities.During Guzman’s 2019 trial, prosecutors said she assisted in the planning of Guzman’s two prison breakouts in Mexico.
When her husband was imprisoned, Coronel Aispuro “worked as a go-between,” according to Nardozzi, passing messages to cartel members and plotting with Guzman’s sons to “communicate and manage” his jail breakouts. As prosecutors outlined how they would be able to demonstrate her crime if she decided to go to court, Coronel Aispuro sat motionless.