Emma Coronel, the wife of the feared Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, could face a sentence of 10 years to life imprisonment after pleading guilty to drug trafficking and money laundering in a United States court.
The 31-year-old former beauty queen had spent almost perceived until mid-2019, when “El Chapo” Guzmán faced the historic trial in a federal court in New York, before being sentenced to life imprisonment.
Coronel became a media sensation during her husband’s history, not only because of his suits but also because of his constant presence at the trial, despite the fact that the misdeeds of “El Chapo” with his lovers were detailed.
YOUR LIFE NEXT TO THE MEXICAN CAPO
Coronel, 31, was born in San Francisco (he has dual nationality: Mexican and American) but grew up in the Durango mountain range that borders Sinaloa, a poor region known as the Golden Triangle.
Coronel and Guzmán married in 2007, when she was 18 years old. He was 50 and one of the most powerful drug traffickers in the world. case with you ”, declared Hernández.
For a time, Coronel’s father, Inés Coronel Barreras, was allegedly in charge of moving marijuana from the Sinaloa cartel to Arizona. In 2013, he was arrested along with one of his sons and several other men in a warehouse where weapons and hundreds of kilograms of marijuana were also found in Agua Prieta, Sonora, bordering Douglas, Arizona.
For several years, the only public photograph of Emma Coronel was an image from 2007, when she was crowned a beauty queen at a festival in Canelas, the town where she grew up. He wore a huge crown and smiled discreetly as he looked directly into the camera.
After her wedding, she disappeared from public life until 2011, when it was reported that she had given birth to her twin daughters in Los Angeles County. On February 22, 2014, Coronel was with Guzmán and his daughters in the Pacific port of Mazatlán when the Navy arrested “El Chapo.”
Guzmán was sent to the Altiplano maximum security prison, outside Mexico City, while his lawyers fought against his extradition. On July 11, 2015, Guzmán escaped through a tunnel of more than a kilometer that was built directly to the shower in his cell.
In January 2016, the Mexican Navy captured Guzmán again in Los Mochis, Sinaloa. A month later, Coronel gave her first interview with Hernández, in which she repeatedly complained about the conditions in which her husband was detained.
Coronel said at the time that he learned of Guzman’s prison escape from television. “If I had known something, I would not have been able to sleep, or eat out of despair or things like that, worried. I had no idea”.
Jeffrey Lichtman spoke in detail about Colonel’s arrest.
YOUR ROLE IN THE TRIAL OF “EL CHAPO”
Despite her status as the wife of the world’s most famous drug lord, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, Emma Coronel Aispuro led a low-key life until her husband was imprisoned for life.
Suddenly she became a figure on social media. There were rumors that he would launch a clothing line. Even from an appearance in a reality show dedicated to the families of drug traffickers.
Coronel’s actions did not go unnoticed. After being arrested on drug trafficking charges, there were those who wondered if by assuming prominence she had become a target of the police forces.
His demeanor drew attention in part because he had led a relatively low-key life up to the point when he was part of a grueling trial that attracted international spotlight. But his actions violated the unwritten rules for family members, especially spouses, to lead a low-key life.
It was during a party in 2007 in Durango.
Guzmán had been married several times; And as was clear during his trial in New York, he was far from a faithful husband.
Sitting in court, Coronel listened to the testimony of a woman who detailed how she and Guzmán had dramatically escaped from a Mexican Navy operation in one of their hideouts.
He described hastily getting out of bed, locating a secret hatch and escaping through a drainage tunnel, following Guzmán, who was naked.
Despite this, Coronel showed up every day with a smile, blowing Guzmán kisses and showing his support during each trial day.
She faces charges for drug trafficking and for assisting in her husband’s escape.
Guzmán was eventually extradited to the United States, but not before Coronel was involved in planning a new escape attempt that never materialized, according to US prosecutors.
Coronel and his designer outfits drew attention during the “El Chapo” trial. Photographers scrambled to capture the moment of his arrival and departure from court.
Colonel entered the court with great confidence. She played with her hair as she awaited the start of the proceedings and chatted politely with the reporters sitting behind her. He carried sweet and savory biscuits with him, and occasionally offered them to journalists.
Every morning, Guzmán looked for her in the audience when she entered the room. He smiled and greeted her.
He was born 31 years ago in San Francisco, United States.
One day in court, Coronel chatted and shared laughter with Mexican actor Alejandro Edda, who played Guzmán on the Netflix series “Narcos: Mexico.” In the sixth week of the trial, he took his 7-year-old daughters, dressed in blue jeans and white jackets; and their father clapped them softly, as if playing with them.
After what Guzmán was sentenced – sentenced to life in prison and an additional 30 years – Coronel published a statement in which she thanked her husband’s lawyers, and her mother and sister for taking care of the twins while she went to trial.
He said the trial had been complicated. His name had come up during the process: Dámaso López, one of Guzmán’s main operators, testified that he had met several times with Coronel and Guzmán’s sons to plan the escape of “El Chapo” from the Altiplano prison . She also claimed that Coronel had delivered messages from her husband.
Colonel showed no remorse. “Of that I can only say that I have nothing to be ashamed of,” he wrote. “I’m not perfect, but I consider myself a good human being that I have never intentionally hurt anyone.”