El Chapo's wife Emma Coronel Aispuro sentenced to three years after pleading guilty to drug charges

EL CHAPO'S wife Emma Coronel Aispuro was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to drug charges.

As part of her sentencing, Coronel also agreed to forfeit nearly $1.5million.

El Chapo’s wife Emma Coronel Aispuro sentenced to three years after pleading guilty to drug charges

El Chapo's beauty queen wife Emma Coronel Aispuro was sentenced after pleading guilty to drug charges back in June 2021 Credit: Reuters

El Chapo’s wife Emma Coronel Aispuro sentenced to three years after pleading guilty to drug charges

Emma Coronel Aispuro pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiring to distribute illegal drugs Credit: AP:Associated Press

El Chapo’s wife Emma Coronel Aispuro sentenced to three years after pleading guilty to drug charges

Coronel was arrested on February 23, 2021, at Dulles International Airport in Virginia Credit: Reuters

Coronel addressed the court on Tuesday, asking for forgiveness from the judge and said she doesn't want her daughters to grow up without either of their parents.

“My daughters are the most important motive for which I accept my mistakes and I ask for forgiveness for them,” the beauty queen said in Spanish.

“I don't want my daughters to grow up without their mother,” Coronel told the judge.

In his final words to Coronel, Judge Rudolph Contreras told her: “I hope you raise your twins in a different environment than you’ve experienced to date. Good luck.”

Coronel was also sentenced to four years supervised release.

Her three-year sentence was a year less than what the prosecution had asked Judge Contreras.

Coronel, 32, pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiring to distribute illegal drugs in June 2021.

The narco queen pleaded guilty to knowingly and willfully conspiring to distribute heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine for a period of at least six years.

She also pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering and one count of engaging in transactions with a foreign narcotics trafficker.

As part of her plea agreement, she additionally admitted to conspiring to help her husband escape from a Mexican prison in 2015.

Before entering her plea, prosecutor Anthony Nardozzi told Judge Contreras that if the case went to trial, “the government would prove each of the three counts in the information by a variety of means.

“Those would include witness testimony, evidence generated by law enforcement investigation, and other means,” he said.

With her face covered by a white facemask, the former beauty queen didn't reportedly show any obvious emotions throughout the hearing.

Coronel confirmed for the judge that she understood the charges and the repercussions of her guilty plea.

“Everything is clear,” she told the judge in Spanish before her interpreter relayed the message in English.

NARCO QUEEN NABBED

Coronel was arrested in February 2021 at Dulles International Airport in Virginia, following a two-year investigation.

Investigators say she helped her husband – real name Joaquin Guzman – relay messages from 2012 to early 2014 about his drug trafficking operations to smugglers within the Sinaloa cartel.

She allegedly continued to deliver messages while visiting El Chapo in a Mexican prison after his arrest in February 2014.

The FBI in court documents said US-born Coronel and members of her family were deeply involved in the cartel's trafficking activities.

El Chapo’s wife Emma Coronel Aispuro sentenced to three years after pleading guilty to drug charges

Investigators say Coronel helped her drug kingpin husband escape from a Mexican prison in July 2015 Credit: AFP or licensors

El Chapo’s wife Emma Coronel Aispuro sentenced to three years after pleading guilty to drug charges

Coronel shares twin girls with El Chapo Credit: Reuters

El Chapo’s wife Emma Coronel Aispuro sentenced to three years after pleading guilty to drug charges

El Chapo was convicted in February 2019 of drug trafficking, conspiracy, kidnapping, murder and other charges, and was later sentenced to life in prison Credit: Reuters

Prosecutors have also said she conspired in Guzman's famous July 2015 escape from the Altiplano prison in Mexico through a mile-long tunnel dug from his cell.

The FBI said a witness told agents she passed along a message from Guzman to his sons, telling them to purchase land near the Altiplano prison.

They also asked that witness to buy a nearby warehouse, firearms, and an armored truck, it said.

He managed to escape through the underground tunnel through an entryway bored into the shower inside his cell.

EL CHAPO EXTRADITED TO THE US

Coronel allegedly began plotting another escape following his January 2016 capture by Mexican authorities.

However, before that plan could be carried out, El Chapo was extradited to the US in January 2017.

The drug lord was convicted in February 2019 of drug trafficking, conspiracy, kidnapping, murder and other charges, and later sentenced to life in prison.

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