Who is Emma Coronel Aispuro? El Chapo's wife arrested on drug trafficking charges at Virginia airport
Court documents revealed that Aispuro is charged with 'conspiring to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana for importation into the US'
VIRGINIA, US - Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of one of Mexico’s cartel leaders Joaquín Guzmán Loera, better known as El Chapo has been arrested on drug trafficking charges in Virginia. The US justice department released a statement on Monday, February 22 to confirm the arrest.
The statement reveals that Aispuro was arrested at Dulles international airport and is currently scheduled to make a federal court appearance through a video conference on Tuesday. The court documents revealed that Aispuro is charged with "conspiring to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana for importation into the US." Furthermore, she has also been charged with allegedly helping with El Chapo's July 11, 2015 escape from Altiplano prison, located in Almoloya de Juarez, Mexico. The statement further reveals that after the cartel boss was arrested again in Mexico in January 2016, Aispuro allegedly "engaged in planning yet another prison escape with others prior to Guzman’s extradition to the U.S. in January 2017." After a 2019 trial in New York City, El Chapo had been sentenced to life plus an additional 30 years.
Detailing Aispuro's charges, the statement read that she is charged with, "one count criminal complaint with a conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, five kilograms or more of cocaine, 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana, and 500 grams or more of methamphetamines for unlawful importation into the U.S."
Who is Emma Coronel Aispuro?
Aispuro was born in Santa Clara, California on July 3, 1989, to parents Blanca Estela Aispuro Aispuro and Ines Coronel Barreras, a "medium-ranking lieutenant in the Sinaloa cartel" as per The Guardian. Aispuro grew up in La Angostura, a remote village in Durango, and had siblings named Ines Omar Coronel Aispuro and Édgar Coronel Aispuro. The publication reveals that she grew up in the "Golden Triangle" of Mexico’s Sierra Madre and had met the notorious El Chapo at a local festival when she was 17 years of age, and he was 51.
The couple got married on July 2, 2007, and share twin daughters, Emali Guadalupe Guzman Coronel and Maria Joaquina Guzman Coronel, that are 9 years old. Besides being known as El Chapo's wife, Aispuro has made a name for herself.
Reports further reveal that Aispuro, a dual U.S.-Mexican citizen, launched a clothing line that saw some items "emblazoned with El Chapo’s familiar moustachioed face." She also had an interesting Instagram feed and has tried to create a life as a social media influencer. Many may even remember her making an appearance on a US reality TV show, 'Cartel Crew'. Aispuro studied journalism in Culiácan, is a model, and a former beauty queen. In the year 2006, she had registered to take part at the 2007 Coffee and Guava Festival beauty pageant in Canelas, Durango - she won that pageant. As of now, she reportedly has a net worth of $4 billion.