The wife of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Mexican drug kingpin pleaded guilty to three federal offenses including knowingly and willfully conspiring to distribute heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine for several years. In fact, she helped her husband run his multibillion-dollar criminal empire on Sinaloa cartel. Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31-year-old, wearing a green jail uniform, appeared in federal court in Washington, Thursday, before US District Judge Rudolph Contreras. The prosecutor, Anthony Nardozzi, said Coronel had “aided and abetted” the Sinaloa cartel’s objectives to smuggle drugs into the U.S. and helped to import more than 450,000 kilograms of cocaine, 90,000 kilograms of heroin, 45,000 kilograms of methamphetamine and about 90,000 kilograms of marijuana. Nardozzi also said Coronel Aispuro “served as a go-between” to deliver messages to cartel members after her husband was arrested. The former beauty queen married El Chapo in 2007.
She faces life in prison, like her husband serves. It isn’t known whether Ms. Coronel is cooperating with federal authorities to provide information on her husband’s criminal organization. Her attorney, Jeffrey Lichtman, said Coronel’s “happy to put this behind her” and hopes the judge will view her a “minimal participant” in the organization at sentencing. Cooperators typically get a significantly reduced sentence, depending on their level of assistance. The judge set a tentative sentencing date of September 15.