The wife of famous Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera was arrested Monday at JC-zone airport on charges of drug trafficking, federal authorities said

Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, was arrested at Dulles International Airport in Virginia near Washington and faces charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana for import into the US, the Justice Department said in a press release

Coronel Aispuro, a double US-Mexican Citizen, allegedly helped Guzmán escape a maximum security prison in Mexico in 2015 After being arrested, she allegedly plotted another escape from the same facility two years later, the authorities said

Guzmán was convicted in 2019 of 10 counts of participation in an ongoing criminal enterprise and multiple counts of distributing tons of cocaine in the United States He was sentenced to life imprisonment plus 30 years

In unsealed Federal Court documents on Monday, authorities said Coronel Aispuro’s father was a member of the Sinaloa cartel, the drug trafficking organization led by Guzmán for nearly three decades before his extradition to the United States in 2017

The couple met in 2007 and got married when she was still a teenager, documents say

Coronel Aispuro was allegedly “aware” of the Sinaloa cartel’s massive shipments of cocaine, heroin and other drugs, and “understood that the drug products she controlled” were “derived from these shipments “, the document indicates

Documents cite more than 100 current and former members of the Sinaloa cartel as sources, along with intercepted wires and electronic communications

Coronel Aispuro also reportedly relayed cartel-related messages to Guzmán while he was behind bars in Mexico, according to documents, which accuse him of acting as an “intermediary and messenger” for her husband and associates and lieutenants of the cartel

Citing a former high-ranking cartel member who became a cooperating witness, an FBI agent alleged in documents that Coronel Aispuro helped organize the construction of a 1,600-meter tunnel under the maximum security prison, Altiplano The tunnel included ventilation ducts, stairs and a motorcycle on rails

The former cartel member was also involved in the plot, which was successfully executed on July 11, 2015, according to the documents

After Guzmán was captured six months later and sent back to the Altiplano, Coronel Aispuro reportedly paid the former cartel member around $ 1 million to help him execute another escape

When Guzmán was transferred to another prison, Coronel Aispuro reportedly told the cartel member that $ 2 million in bribes had been paid to a senior Mexican prison official to be transferred to the Altiplano

A lawyer for Coronel Aispuro, Jeffrey Lichtman, has confirmed he represents her but declined to comment on the charges

El Chapo

World news – FI – Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s wife arrested for drug trafficking at DC-area airport