The wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman, also known as “El Chapo,” pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Washington to helping her husband run the Sinaloa cartel, Reuters reported.
Emma Coronel Esboro pleaded guilty to charges in a settlement with federal prosecutors, including willfully and willfully conspiring to distribute heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine, money laundering and entering into financial relationships with the Sinaloa drug cartel. She also admitted planning to help her husband escape from a Mexican prison in 2015.
She could even be sentenced to life in prison for simply distributing drugs.
Guzman’s wife, Anthony Nardozy, said: He helped import more than 450 thousand. A kilogram of cocaine, 90 thousand. A kilogram of heroin, 45 thousand. kilograms of methamphetamine and about 90 thousand. kilograms of marijuana.
Nardozzi stated that Coronel “acted as an intermediary” in delivering news to cartel members after her husband’s arrest, and also conspired with Guzmán’s sons to “plan and coordinate” his escape from prison.
Coronel said she understood the allegations and the outcome of the petition.
The judge set the initial date for sentencing on September 15
The 31-year-old former beauty queen of Virginia was arrested at Washington Dulles Airport in February; She was charged with involvement in international drug smuggling.
Coronel was born in California. He holds American and Mexican citizenship. In 2007, she married “El Chapo” who was sentenced to life in prison in New York in 2019 plus 30 years without parole. He was also ordered to seize $12.6 billion in property.
As the most powerful drug lord in Mexico, “El Chapo” was the leader of the gang responsible for smuggling cocaine and other drugs into the United States.