Emma Coronel, wife of ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, sentenced to 3 years in prison

Emma Coronel, wife of the Mexican ex “El Chapo” Guzmán, was sentenced this Tuesday by the United States justice to three years in prison for her participation in the powerful Sinaloa cartel led by her husband.

Judge Rudolph Contreras, of the federal court in Washington, imposed on the 32-year-old former beauty queen a sentence of less than the four years requested by the prosecution, recognizing that the defendant was a teenager when she married Guzmán, and that she also admitted his guilt following his arrest in February 2021.

In addition to the 4 years in prison, the team of prosecutors in charge of the case requested on November 18 that she be sentenced to five years of supervised release and payment of 1.5 million dollars.

Coronel, with dual US and Mexican citizenship, was arrested on February 22 at Dulles International Airport, outside Washington, for alleged “complicity” in her husband’s drug trafficking business, and has since been detained nearby. from the American capital.

Emma Coronel, wife of Chapo Guzmán. Photo: Getty Images / Telemundo

On June 10, he pleaded guilty to three charges brought against him: conspiracy to distribute illegal drugs in the United States, conspiracy to launder narcotic money, and participation in financial transactions with a drug trafficking organization.

Emma Coronel married “El Chapo”, 32 years her senior, in 2007, when she was still a teenager and with him she had two twin daughters, Emali Guadalupe and María Joaquina.

Between her wedding and her arrest in February, Coronel profited “in multiple ways” and “knowingly” from her husband’s trafficking proceeds, according to US court documents.

In addition, Coronel profited by renting properties bought with drug money and served as an “intermediary” between members of the cartel and her husband when he was imprisoned in Mexico. He also helped “plan and coordinate” the drug lord’s spectacular prison break in Mexico through a tunnel in 2015, investigators said.

Meanwhile, Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, currently 64, was considered the most powerful drug trafficker in the world until his arrest in 2016 and his extradition to the United States in 2017. Sentenced to life imprisonment in July 2019 in New York, he is serving his sentence at the ADX Maximum Security Prison in Florence, Colorado.