- Emma Coronel, “El Chapo” Guzmán’s wife, pleaded guilty to three federal charges.
- The wife of “El Chapo” will remain in jail until the sentence is handed down in September.
- Coronel’s lawyer stated that his client is satisfied with the process.
Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges on Thursday after being accused in the United States of helping her husband run a multi-million dollar drug trafficking empire, the agency Eph reported.
Colonel, whose case was declassified Wednesday night by court order, is charged with two crimes of conspiracy, one of narcotics distribution in the United States and another of money laundering, as well as a third crime for carrying out operations with properties of a foreign drug trafficker.
Chapo’s wife pleads guilty
In a audience More than an hour in a court in the district of Washington DC after an agreement with the United States Justice, Colonel Aispuro pleaded guilty to the three crimes: conspiracy to traffic cocaine, methamphetamines, heroin and marijuana; money laundering and participation in property transactions belonging to a drug trafficker.
The wife of the former leader of the Sinaloa cartel, 31 years old and with dual Mexican and American nationality, responded briefly to Judge Rudolph Contreras, who accepted his statement, in a hearing broadcast by telephone in which he also said that he had collaborated in the activities and the her husband’s prison escape in Mexico in 2015.
Emma Coronel rejected the trial
Dressed in a green convict report, Colonel Aispuro said the word “guilty” and patiently answered dozens of questions from a federal judge who said he wanted to make sure that the defendant understood the consequences of rejecting a trial, reported The Associated Press.
Emma Coronel was arrested in February at Dulles International Airport in Virginia and pleaded not guilty after being charged with a single count of conspiracy to distribute drugs in the United States.
Emma Coronel “helped and instigated” the Sinaloa Cartel
Prosecutors alleged that Coronel Aispuro “worked closely with the command and control structure” of the Sinaloa Cartel and conspired to distribute large quantities of drugs, knowing that they would be trafficked to the United States.
On Thursday, prosecutor Anthony Nardozzi said that Colonel Aispuro “helped and instigated” to achieve the objectives of the Sinaloa Cartel to traffic drugs into the United States, which assumed a role of “intermediary” between Guzmán and the other members of the cartel by passing the messages. from her husband to others and who helped “El Chapo” escape from prison.
Hearing will be on September 15, 2021
The magistrate set for September 15 the hearing in which the sentence of Coronel will be determined, who can face a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life imprisonment that, in addition, carries a fine of 10 million dollars , as informed him.
Coronel, who has two daughters with the drug trafficker convicted two years ago in the United States, was arrested at Dulles International Airport (Virginia) last February on suspicion of helping her husband import drugs into the country, and has remained in prison. No bond since then, something he will continue to do until his sentencing date.
According to the Efe agency, after an hour of exchanges with the judge, she was finally heard saying “guilty” in Spanish three times, once for each crime, and expressing a sob.
Previously, Contreras reminded him that the charges are not the result of a prosecution by a grand jury and that therefore he pleaded guilty to what is considered “information”, which would deprive him of the right to have a trial and “probably” to appeal the sentence, to which she replied that she agreed.
Government could prove the charges
Prosecutor Anthony Nardozzi affirmed that the US Government could prove each of the charges thanks to witnesses and police data, revealing that the former beauty queen helped El Chapo, whom she married in 2007, to “facilitate the importation ”of drugs into the US and escaping from the Altiplano prison in 2015.
She also explained that throughout her marriage she “controlled” her husband’s commercial and residential properties and the income derived from their rentals, which involves a series of financial transactions that violate US laws, since he was designated a drug trafficker in 2001.
Satisfied with the process
The lawyer for “El Chapo’s” wife said that his client was “satisfied with the process” even though she did not expect to be detained after her husband was convicted. “She was a small part of something much bigger,” said the attorney.
Judge Contreras asked Coronel to listen to these accusations in search of errors, to which he confirmed that they were “true and correct” and that he had participated in all the activities that the prosecutors summarized.
Defense of “El Chapo” insists on “misconduct”
Just before Emma Coronel pleaded guilty, the defense of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán insisted that there was “misconduct” on the part of the jury in the drug trafficking trial that took place in New York against his client.
The US government has refused a new trial for the Mexican drug trafficker, according to what his lawyers had requested earlier this year. Despite the refusal, the defense of the former leader of the Sinaloa cartel insists on the “misconduct” of the jury in the trial for which he was sentenced to life imprisonment.
US rejects new trial
Last Friday, the lawyers of “El Chapo” presented a 39-page document in which they argue that the district court “erred”, as they should have investigated a Vice News report as it shows that there was “general misconduct” of the jury.
On February 20, 2019, after “El Chapo was convicted of drug trafficking, the digital portal published an interview with one of the 12 members of the jury. This person, who spoke anonymously, broke his oath before the judge that they would not have contact with information on the case during the legal process.
According to the member of the jury said in the interview, several of them did read information related to the case in the media and social networks just when they were in full trial of the Mexican capo, thus breaking with the promise they made to Judge Brian Cogan that they would not read news They would not search the internet and they would not talk to anyone about it.
The lawyers argue that the weekend before the deliberations, information circulated through the media assuring that the Mexican drug trafficker had paid to have sex with girls. That would be just the biggest news story that could have affected the jury trial. Filed Under: Guilty Chapo’s Wife.
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