The world's "most dangerous" lady is back on the loose!
The wife of Mexican drug lord El Chapo has been released from prison after serving two years.
Emma Coronel Aispuro, who is she?
Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, was released from a US prison in Los Angeles after serving two years for supporting her husband in the trafficking of billions of dollars in drugs and money laundering.
Guzmán supervised Mexico's drug trade and smuggling for 25 years as the boss of the notorious Sinaloa cartel. He also put together a squad of people who were prepared to assassinate, abduct, and torture him.
The lovely 34-year-old wife and mother of two children is now ready to start a new life without him, and many people are wondering who she is and how she became the world's most notorious drug lord's closest friend and ally.
The newly freed inmate was born in 1989 into a ranching family near San Francisco and grew up in the rural Mexican village of Durango La Angostura. She won the beauty pageant as part of the 2007 Guava Coffee Festival in Mexico when she was 17 years old.
This attractive woman with dual citizenship is not the first in her family to be associated with drug gangs. Before El Chapo's arrest in 2013, her father, Inés Coronel Barreras, was one of his closest confidantes.
How did she find 'El Chapo'?
Emma met the drug lord when she was 17 years old at a party in Mexico, and he invited her to dance.
"He offered me a seductive smile. "After a while, someone approached her and said, 'That man is asking if you want to dance with him,' and I said Okay," she claimed in one of her few interviews with the Los Angeles Times.
In 2006, Emma met Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán at a party, and their love affair began. A year later, the two wedded in a magnificent display of love and power. Their relationship was nothing short of spectacular, given El Chapo's status as Mexico's most wanted drug lord. When Emma gave birth to their twin children in 2011, their love became even deeper.
What role did she play in the well-known drug empire?
The FBI detained her in February 2021 at Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C., on drug trafficking charges.
Prosecutors allege that between 2014 and 2017, Emma assisted in the operation of her husband's drug empire and collaborated closely with the Sinaloa cartel's command and control apparatus. She was suspected of smuggling large quantities of illegal substances into the United States.
Emma became his third wife after a simple dance escalated into a stormy affair. They married when she was 18 years old. El Chapo is 32 years her senior, and their two daughters are the rumoured youngest of his nineteen children.
Coronel Aispuro helped her husband escape from Mexico's most secure prison in 2015 by acquiring the land used to dig the subterranean path that led to his release. Prosecutors alleged she also passed a GPS watch as food through prison security. According to the prosecutor's office at the time, the drug boss, known as El Chapa, also used his wife as a 'messenger,' delivering messages between him and other cartel members while he was in prison.
In 2021, Emma Coronel Aispuro pled guilty to assisting in the importation of almost 450,000 kilogrammes of cocaine, 90,000 kilogrammes of heroin, 45,000 kilogrammes of methamphetamine, and around 90,000 kilogrammes of marijuana. She also participated in two conspiracies to release her husband, El Chapa. It's about a successful escape in 2015 and an attempted escape a year later while awaiting extradition to the US.
Coronel Aispuro, who faced a maximum penalty of ten years, received a relatively light sentence since she had no criminal history and was not involved in the Guzman cartel's more violent acts. As part of her plea agreement, she also turned over $1.5 million in cocaine revenue. After 27 months in prison, she was released.
Assistance throughout the trial
Coronel Aispuro's wife, a devoted supporter, attended her husband's trial every day. She wore designer clothes and large sunglasses, and despite the fact that Spanish is her native language, she wore headphones and listened to the translation throughout the trial.
During El Chapo's trial, the former beauty queen used her now-defunct Instagram account to offer inspiring love and dedication quotes. She was notorious for avoiding interviews, but she made an exception in this case, giving a rare interview in which she depicted El Chapo as a loving father and husband.
El Chapo returned his sight to his wife and kissed her after the decision was read. While fighting back tears, she smiled at him and gave him a thumbs up.
El Chapo was sentenced to life in prison and will spend the rest of his days in a facility that has been described as a "high-tech version of hell."
What about their children?
Coronel Aispuro gave birth to twins Emaly and Maria Joaquina at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, California.
Guzmán's name was omitted from their children's birth certificates since the US State Department had offered a $5 million reward for his apprehension at the time of their birth.
Emma, the drug queen, pleaded with the judge not to let her daughters "grow up without a mother's presence" during her trial, so she is expected to take advantage of her newfound freedom and return to her daughters' arms.
The adventure of Emma Coronel Aispuro has been nothing short of fascinating. Her life has been a complicated web of highs and lows, from beauty queen pageants to marrying a drug lord and then facing the government's wrath. Only time will tell what her next chapter will bring.