The wife of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, leader of a Mexican drug trafficking organization known as the Sinaloa Cartel, was arrested today in Virginia on charges related to her alleged participation in international drug trafficking.
Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, a US and Mexican citizen, from Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico, was arrested today at Dulles International Airport. He is scheduled to appear for the first time in federal court tomorrow in the US District Court for the District of Columbia via videoconference.
According to court documents, Aispuro is accused of participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana for importation into the United States. In addition, it is alleged that Coronel Aispuro conspired with others to assist Guzmán in his escape from the Altiplano on July 11, 2015. prison, located in Almoloya de Juárez, Mexico. After Guzmán was arrested again in Mexico in January 2016, Coronel Aispuro is alleged to have been involved in planning another prison break with others prior to Guzmán’s extradition to the United States in January 2017.
Guzmán Loera was convicted by a jury in the Eastern District of New York in 2019 for his role as the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.
Cornel Aispuro is charged in a criminal complaint with one count of conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, five kilograms or more of cocaine, 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana, and 500 grams or more of methamphetamine by illegal importation into the US. .
Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Deputy Director-in-Charge Steven D’Antuono of the FBI’s Washington Field Office made the announcement.
The FBI’s Washington Field Office is investigating the case.
Acting Deputy Chief Anthony Nardozzi and Trial Attorney Kate Wagner of the Department of Justice’s Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Section are prosecuting the case.
A criminal complaint is simply an indictment and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
US Department of Justice Press Release