Chapo Guzman's wife arrested on drug trafficking charges

El Chapo’s wife is arrested at Dulles International Airport and charged with smuggling drugs into the US and helping him escape from a Mexican jail in 2015

  • Emma Coronel, 31, was detained at Dulles Airport in Washington DC
  • Her husband ‘Chapo’ Guzman is currently serving life in prison in Colorado
  • The head of the Sinaloa Cartel, he was convicted in February 2019 of trafficking
  • Coronel, a former beauty queen, is the mother of their twin daughters
  • She is a US citizen, having been born in San Diego before returning to Mexico

The wife of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman has been arrested at Washington DC’s Dulles Airport and charged with drug trafficking. 

Emma Coronel, a 31-year-old former beauty queen with both U.S. and Mexican citizenship, was detained on Monday.

She will appear in court on Tuesday, charged with participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana for importation into the U.S. 

She is also accused of helping her husband in his infamous July 11, 2015 escape through a tunnel dug beneath Altiplano prison, in Almoloya de Juarez, Mexico. 

Mike Vigil, a former DEA agent who worked undercover in Mexico, told that Coronel was ‘a narco princess’ deeply enmeshed in the world of trafficking.

Emma Coronel, the 31-year-old wife of ‘Chapo’ Guzman, was arrested on Monday

After Guzman was re-arrested in Mexico in January 2016, she is alleged to have engaged in planning yet another prison escape, before he was eventually extradited to the U.S. in January 2017. 

‘She was not a distributor, or a money launderer, or involved in logistics,’ said Vigil.  ‘But she did things he ordered he to, like passing messages.

‘So did she participate? Yes.

‘But these charges are related to things that she did in the past. It’s not like she’s branching out on her own.’   

Guzman’s lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, told he is representing Coronel. 

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