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Three years in prison for the wife of the drug trafficker “El Chapo”

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Prosecutors had asked for a four-year sentence.

Magistrate Rudolph Contreras said the Mexican-American, now 32, was very young when she married El Chapo, and that she had cooperated with the authorities after her arrest in February.

The young woman, in a dark pantsuit, her face partly hidden by a black mask, did not react to the pronouncement of the sentence.

Emma Coronel pleaded guilty in June to three counts: participation in drug trafficking, money laundering and transactions with a foreign drug trafficker.

In addition to 48 months of detention, the team of prosecutors in charge of the case had requested on November 18 that she be sentenced to five years of supervised release and the payment of 1.5 million dollars.

His lawyer, Mariel Colon, had denied that his client had cooperated with prosecutors to see his sentence reduced. She also denied that she would benefit from protected witness status.

His daughters are in Mexico and we know very well what happens to those who cooperate and their families., she explained to Univision television, in reference to the reprisals of the cartels.

The former beauty queen, also an influencer and apprentice designer, was accused of having served asintermediate between Joaquin Guzman alias El Chapo and his associates, and for participating in the leadership of the Sinaloa cartel – one of the most powerful in the world – after El Chapo was imprisoned in Mexico.

Emma Coronel Aispuro married El Chapo, 32 years his senior, in 2007 and had twins with him.

Emma Coronel Aispuro, surrounded by several security guards.

Emma Coronel Aispuro, surrounded by several security guards, upon arriving at Brooklyn Federal Court to hear her husband’s sentence on July 17, 2019.

Photo: Getty Images / Drew Angerer

Between her marriage and her arrest in February, she benefited in many ways and informed profits from her husband’s trafficking, according to the prosecution.

According to the latter, she admitted to having knowledge of the importation into the United States of at least 450 kg of cocaine, 90 kg of heroin, 45 kg of methamphetamine and 90 tonnes of marijuana.

The woman, who has dual American and Mexican citizenship, also, prosecutors say, helped El Chapo to escape in 2015 from a Mexican prison.

The drug trafficker had then escaped through a tunnel of a kilometer and a half, hidden under the shower of his cell and equipped with rails, inflicting a scathing snub to the Mexican authorities.

But prosecutors note that she did not have a criminal record prior to her arrest and that she has quickly accepted his responsibilities.

It is very clear that she collaborated with American justice, explained to AFP Michael Lettieri, specialist in drug trafficking groups in Mexico, stressing that she played an important role in operations of the Sinaloa cartel.

A man held back by police.

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman upon his arrest in 2016 following his second escape from a maximum security prison in Mexico.

Photo: The Associated Press / Eduardo Verdugo

Joaquin Guzman was considered the most powerful drug trafficker in the world until his arrest in 2016 and extradition to the United States in 2017.

Sentenced in July 2019 to life imprisonment after a high-security trial in New York, he is serving his sentence in a high-security Colorado prison.

Emma Coronel Aispuro had attended her husband’s trial almost daily.

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