By David Amoruso for Gangsters Inc.
Behind every successful man is a strong woman. Sometimes more than one. But in the case of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, his current wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, has especially proven her worth. Still, their success came to an end in an American court.
On Tuesday, Emma Coronel Aispuro (photo above) was sentenced to three years in prison after she pleaded guilty to money laundering and drug conspiracy charges as part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors. As part of that deal she also surrendered $1.5 million dollars.
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“Peanuts,” as they say in the narco underworld. Both the sentence and the money.
Queenpin facing life behind bars
Back when Coronel Aispuro was arrested, earlier this year, prosecutors came on much stronger. Back then, she was looking at life in prison.
They alleged she played a pivotal role in her husband’s drug empire, charging her with knowingly and willfully conspiring to distribute heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine over a period of several years.
She admitted this in her plea deal.
She helped El Chapo run his Sinaloa Cartel while behind bars, carrying messages to his underlings on the outside. Even better, she helped her hubby plan his escape through a tunnel dug underneath a Mexican prison in 2015 by smuggling a GPS watch to him disguised as a food item. Guzman used the watch to allow the crew digging the tunnel to be able to pinpoint his location and reach him.
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Despite the successful prison break, authorities eventually caught Guzman and he was quickly extradited to the United States where he was sentenced to life plus 30 years in prison in 2019 after he was convicted on murder conspiracy and drug charges.
So, so, so very sorry!
After Coronel Aispuro pleaded guilty in June, prosecutors began to mellow. Especially after she showed remorse. Her lawyers argued that she was still a teenager when she married Guzman. She herself told the judge, via a Spanish translator, she had “true regret for any and all harm. I am here before you, asking for forgiveness.”
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She wanted to watch her young twin daughters grow up, she said. Prosecutors and the judge obliged. Prosecutors recommended a 4-year prison term. The judge handed out three. Not too shabby for helping your husband run a multibillion-dollar drug cartel responsible for thousands of murders and the gruesome torture of countless others.
Though this short sentence is a gift, all may not be well for Coronel Aispuro, according to her lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman. He said that her life may be in danger if she ever set foot in Mexico again, after media outlets reported that she cooperated with U.S. authorities. He added: “I'm not sure that she could ever go back home.”
With her husband locked up in a maximum-security prison in the United States, she might decide to stay close by. For her love, but also because things might be safer.
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