Drug kingpin's wife arrested

World | REUTERS 24 Feb 2021

The wife of Mexican drug cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was arrested and charged in the United States with helping her husband continue to run his drug trafficking cartel while he was behind bars.

Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, a regular attendee at her husband's high-profile US trial two years ago where he was convicted of trafficking tons of drugs into the United States, was arrested at Dulles International Airport.

Coronel was charged by the US Department of Justice with conspiring to distribute heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamines for unlawful importation into the country.

An affidavit attached to the charges also details Coronel's alleged involvement in her husband's escape from a Mexican prison in 2015 and a second attempted prison break in 2016 before the 63-year-old was extradited to the United States.

The indictment documents said Coronel relayed messages on behalf of Guzman to facilitate drug trafficking after his arrest in 2014.

Prosecutors said Coronel also conspired to aid her husband in his July 2015 escape from Altiplano prison. An unnamed cooperating witness was paid US$1 million (HK$7.75 million) to help facilitate a failed second escape, the affidavit said.



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