The former beauty queen faces long prison sentences for helping her husband run the Mexican violent Sinaloa drug cartel.
The wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman pleaded guilty in federal court to help her husband run the business Sinaloa poster Smugglers.
Emma Coronel Aispuro (Emma Coronel Aispuro) appeared in the US District Court in Washington, DC on Thursday, wearing a green prison jumpsuit and a white mask.
She pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiring to distribute illegal drugs, conspiring to launder money, and conducting financial transactions with the Sinaloa drug cartel.
As part of the plea agreement, she confessed to helping her husband Escape from Mexican prison In 2015.
Coronel could face life imprisonment on drug distribution charges. The other two maximum sentences against her are 20 years and 10 years.
Coronel did not show any obvious emotions and also wore a mask on her face, but she said she understood the charges and consequences of the guilty plea.
“Everything is clear,” she told the judge.
The U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras set the preliminary judgment date as September 15.
The 31-year-old former beauty queen has been Arrested in February At Dulles International Airport in Virginia, she was accused of forwarding messages to help Guzman sell drugs between 2012 and early 2014.
After his arrest in February 2014, Coronel continued to pass on messages while visiting him in a Mexican prison.
U.S. prosecutors said that as Mexico’s most powerful drug lord, Guzman ran a cartel during his 25-year rule, responsible for smuggling cocaine and other drugs into the United States.
Guzman’s “sicarios army” or “killers” were ordered to kidnap, torture and kill anyone who interfered with him.
Prosecutors said that the Sinaloa Cartel smuggled more than 450,000 kilograms of cocaine, 90,000 kilograms of heroin, 45,000 kilograms of methamphetamine and approximately 90,000 kilograms of marijuana to the United States.
Coronel was born in California and has U.S. and Mexican citizenship.
64-year-old Guzman was re-captured after breaking out of prison and extradited to the United States is convicted In 2019, he was accused of planning a multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical company in the Sinaloa Cartel.
Guzman was sentenced to life imprisonment plus 30 years by the Federal Court of New York and is now in the highest security prison in Florence, Colorado.