El Chapo’s Wife Released From US Prison

(ReliableNews.org) – Emma Coronel Aispuro pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and money laundering in 2021. US federal prosecutors charged her for helping her husband, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, traffic drugs for the Sinaloa Cartel, which he led. She’s now a free woman after serving less than two years in prison.

On September 13, Coronel walked out of a halfway house in California. She’d recently moved to the house in anticipation of her release. Randilee Giamusso, a spokesperson for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, confirmed the release to the media in an email. She told the network that she could not release any other information due to “privacy, safety, and security” concerns.

Coronel isn’t totally free, she will have to serve four years of supervised release. She was also required to forfeit $1.5 million. According to authorities, she helped the Sinaloa Cartel traffic cocaine, heroin, meth, and marijuana after her husband was put in prison.

The drug lord’s wife was also accused of helping her husband escape through a tunnel that was dug under a Mexican prison in 2015. She reportedly smuggled a GPS watch into him, disguising it as a food item. That reportedly helped the people who were digging the tunnel find him, so they would know where he was in the prison.

El Chapo’s freedom didn’t last long. Authorities rearrested him the next year. In 2019, he was sentenced to life behind bars in the United States on drug charges. He has insisted the case in America was “stained” and not fair. In April, three of the drug lord’s sons — Iván Archivaldo Guzmán Sálazar, Ovidio Guzmán López, and Jesús Alfredo Guzmán Salazar — were charged by the Justice Department for fentanyl trafficking.

Coronel has twin daughters with the drug king pin. It’s not clear if they were allowed to visit while she was incarcerated or if she is allowed to care for them in her release.

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