El Chapo's wife may avoid a life sentence by telling on his sons

El Chapo’s former beauty queen wife could avoid a life sentence for drug dealing by throwing cartel kingpin’s sons under the bus in a deal with U.S. prosecutors

  • Mexican news magazine Proceso has reported that El Chapo’s wife Emma Coronel could avoid life jail sentence by collaborating with U.S. prosecutors
  • Coronel could serve only five years in prison by providing information surrounding El Chapo’s son and their Sinaloa Cartel activities 
  • Sources at the Department of Justice told the outlet that Coronel would provide details on the ‘modus operandi of her husband’s children’
  • Coronel, who has twin daughters with El Chapo, was arrested at Dulles International Airport in Virginia back in February
  • In June, she declined her right to a trial and pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana for several years
  • She also entered a guilty plea for a money laundering conspiracy charge and engaging in transactions with a foreign drug trafficker
  • Coronel, a 31-year-old born in California, is slated to be sentenced October 15 
  • Joaquín ‘El Chapo‘ Guzmán’s jailed wife Emma Coronel could avoid spending the rest of her life in prison if she decides to tell on his sons, who reportedly share control of the Sinaloa Cartel with his old associate, the fugitive Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada.

    Mexican news magazine Proceso reported that it obtained information from sources with U.S. Department of Justice who claim that the 31-year-old Coronel will provide prosecutors valuable details.

    That information is said to link the transnational organization and 64-year-old El Chapo’s sons – Joaquín Guzmán López, Ovidio Guzmán López, Ivan Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar and Jesús Alfredo Guzmán Salazar, otherwise know as ‘Los Chapitos.’

    In a story published by the outlet last Friday, Department of Justice indicated it ‘would expect information from her on the modus operandi of her husband’s children, now in charge of the fraction of the cartel that their father led.’

    As part of her cooperation, the California-born Coronel could be sentenced to five years in prison, regain custody of the couple’s twin daughters and be placed in the United States Federal Witness Protection Program.

    Emma Coronel, the jailed wife of Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán, is reportedly collaborating with federal prosecutors to avoid a life sentence and possibly serve only five years behind bars by giving up information connecting her husband's sons to the transnational Sinaloa Cartel, according to Mexican news magazine Proceso

    Emma Coronel, the jailed wife of Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, is reportedly collaborating with federal prosecutors to avoid a life sentence and possibly serve only five years behind bars by giving up information connecting her husband’s sons to the transnational Sinaloa Cartel, according to Mexican news magazine Proceso

    Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán is serving a life sentence at ADX Florence, a super maximum security prison in Florence, Colorado. His wife, Emma Coronel, the mother of his twin daughters, was arrested at Dulles International Airport in February. In June, she pleaded to three counts that include drug trafficking, conspiracy to launder money and engaging in transactions with a foreign drug trafficker

    Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán is serving a life sentence at ADX Florence, a super maximum security prison in Florence, Colorado. His wife, Emma Coronel, the mother of his twin daughters, was arrested at Dulles International Airport in February. In June, she pleaded to three counts that include drug trafficking, conspiracy to launder money and engaging in transactions with a foreign drug trafficker

    The former beauty queen has been in U.S. federal custody since February when she was arrested at Dulles International Airport in Virginia.

    On June 10, Coronel pleaded guilty to helping operate El Chapo’s multibillion-dollar drug trafficking empire, forgoing her right to a trial.

    She admitted to conspiring to distribute heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana for several years; and also pleased guilty to a money laundering conspiracy charge and engaging in transactions with a foreign drug trafficker.

    During the guilty plea hearing, prosecutor Anthony Nardozzi, said Coronel played a role in the trafficking of more than 450,000 kilos of cocaine, 90,000 kilos of heroin, 45,000 kilos of methamphetamine and close to 90,000 kilos of marijuana.

    El Chapo's son, Ovidio Guzmán López was sanctioned in May 2012 by the Department of Treasury under the Kingpin Act. On February 21, 2019, he and his brother Joaquín Guzmán López were charged by the Department of Justice for conspiring to distribute heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana to the United States

    El Chapo’s son, Ovidio Guzmán López was sanctioned in May 2012 by the Department of Treasury under the Kingpin Act. On February 21, 2019, he and his brother Joaquín Guzmán López were charged by the Department of Justice for conspiring to distribute heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana to the United States

    Jesús Alfredo Guzmán Salazar is wanted by the Drug Enforcement Administration

    Jesús Alfredo Guzmán Salazar is wanted by the Drug Enforcement Administration

    Ivan Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar and three other siblings have taken over the Sinaloa Cartel's operations now that their father, El Chapo, is in prison

    Ivan Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar and three other siblings have taken over the Sinaloa Cartel’s operations now that their father, El Chapo, is in prison

    Emma  Coronel leaves from the U.S. Federal Courthouse after a verdict was announced at the trial for Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán on February 12, 2019

    Emma  Coronel leaves from the U.S. Federal Courthouse after a verdict was announced at the trial for Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán on February 12, 2019

    Nardozzi also said that she also ‘served as a go-between’ to relay messages from El Chapo to cartel members following his arrest, and also conspired with the drug lord’s son to spring him out of jail on several occasions.

    As Mexico’s most powerful drug lord, El Chapo ran a cartel responsible for smuggling cocaine and other drugs into the United States during his 25-year reign, prosecutors said. They also said his ‘army of sicarios,’ – hit men – was under orders to kidnap, torture and kill anyone who got in his way. 

    Coronel was scheduled to be sentenced September 15, but the hearing was postponed to October 15 due to objections that had been presented last Friday by the prosecution and Coronel and her team of lawyers to Judge Rudolph Contreras of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

    Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, pleaded guilty Thursday to charges in the U.S. and admitted that she helped her husband run his multibillion-dollar criminal empire

    Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, pleaded guilty Thursday to charges in the U.S. and admitted that she helped her husband run his multibillion-dollar criminal empire

    El Chapo is serving a life sentence at ADX Florence, a super maximum penitentiary in Florence, Colorado.

    His 35-year-old son, Jesús, was indicted on federal drug trafficking charges by the U.S. District Court of Northern Illinois in 2009. He is on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s most wanted list.

    Ovidio, 31, was sanctioned in May 2012 by the Department of Treasury under the Kingpin Act. On February 21, 2019, he and his brother Joaquín Guzmán López were charged by the Department of Justice for conspiring to distribute heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana to the United States.

    Mexico’s National Guard served an arrest warrant and captured Ovidio at his home in Culiacán, Mexico, on October 17, 2019, but President Andrés Manuel López Obrador ordered his immediate release several hours later following a war-like battle between cartel operatives and security forces that left at least 14 people dead.  

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