El Chapo’s wife set for prison release
El Chapo’s wife set for prison release

London; judicial records, Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, is scheduled to be released from US custody on Wednesday, two years after she was jailed for her part in facilitating her husband's drug empire.

In November 2021, Coronel, a 34-year-old dual citizen of the US and Mexico, entered a guilty plea to charges of drug trafficking, money laundering, and helping her husband escape from a Mexican prison in 2015.

She must forfeit $1.5 million as part of the sentence and serve four years of supervised release. Coronel expressed regret for her interactions with Guzman and the Sinaloa Cartel during the closing court proceedings.

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Guzman, a twice-convicted prison escapee, is currently serving a life sentence at Colorado's high-security Supermax prison after being found guilty in 2019 of operating a criminal enterprise, trafficking in drugs, and using multiple firearms.

In court, Coronel acknowledged her complicity in helping Guzman bring about 450 kg of cocaine, 90 kg of heroin, and nearly 90 000 kg of marijuana into the country.

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Federal prosecutors claimed that Coronel was only a minor player in a much larger operation run by Guzman, who was described in court as a "ruthless and bloodthirsty leader" of one of the most well-known drug cartels in the world, despite her involvement in high levels of drug trafficking.

The former beauty queen wed Guzman in 2007 when she was 18 years old. During her husband's trial, she was frequently seen wearing designer clothing, and her lavish lifestyle was frequently documented on her verified Instagram account, which has been dormant since December 2020.

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The Sinaloa Cartel of Guzman is still active. The Biden administration imposed sanctions on a number of the group's associates in February as a result of their participation in the manufacturing and distribution of fentanyl and methamphetamine.

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