El Chapo’s Wife Arrested On International Drug Trafficking Charges

Mexico City, Mexico January 8 2016 Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera "El chapo", a Mexican drug trafficker, is presented to the media in a hangar at the airport in Mexico City.

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Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, has been arrested on international drug trafficking charges.

According to a report from the Associated Press, Coronel is accused of helping El Chapo run the Sinaloa drug cartel and helping him plan his escape from prison in 2015.

The 31-year-old former beauty queen was arrested at Dulles International Airport in Virginia.

The U.S. Justice Department charged Coronel with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana.

Coronel, who is a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico, is expected to appear in federal court on Tuesday.

Coronel “has been involved in the drug trade since she was a little girl. She knows the inner workings of the Sinaloa cartel,” according to former DEA chief of international operations Mike Vigil.

There is a belief that Coronel could be willing to cooperate with autorities because of her twin daughters, which she gave birth to in 2011.

El Chapo, meanwhile, is serving a life sentence in prison after being extradited to the United States in 2017.

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