Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of Mexican drug cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, appears before US Justice of the Peace Robin Meriweather and his attorney Jeffrey Lichtman in a virtual hearing in federal court in Washington, DC , February 23, 2021 in this courtroom sketch.
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WASHINGTON – A federal judge has ordered the wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to remain in temporary detention after her arrest at Dulles International Airport for drug trafficking.
Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, has been charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana in the United States.
She faces a minimum of 10 years in prison or a maximum of life in prison and a potential fine of $ 10 million.
Aispuro, a former beauty queen, has two children with the leader of the Sinaloa cartel.
The Justice Department also accused her of running her husband’s multi-billion dollar cartel. She has dual citizenship of the United States and Mexico.
Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, is escorted by security as she leaves federal court on July 17, 2019 in the Brooklyn neighborhood of New York.
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The Justice Department accused Aispuro of helping her husband escape Houdini-style from a Mexican prison in 2015.
The Sinaloa cartel leader escaped from a maximum security prison in July 2015 after slipping through a hole in the shower area of his cell. The 1 1/2 foot by 1 1/2 foot space in the shower floor led to a custom-built tunnel nearly 30 feet below the Altiplano prison complex. The tunnel was 5 feet high and almost 3 feet wide and was fitted with a ventilation system.
Joaquin Guzman Loera, also known as “El Chapo”, is transported to El Altiplano maximum security prison in Mexico City, Mexico on January 8, 2016.
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The 2015 escape was the second time that Mexican authorities have lost custody of Guzmán. The Mexican farmer turned powerful cartel leader escaped prison in 2001. He managed to escape capture for 13 years.
After more than six months on the run, Guzmán was captured in 2016 by Mexican authorities. He first escaped prison in 2001. A year later, he was extradited to the United States. After a three-month trial in 2019, the narco king was sentenced to life in prison.
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