February 23, 2021 7:26 PM | With information from EFE
15 minutes. A federal judge in the United States (USA) ordered this Tuesday to temporarily detain Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of Mexican drug trafficker Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, accused of drug trafficking, without the possibility of bail.
Colonel, arrested Monday in the state of Virginia, outside Washington, faces a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life imprisonment. Also a possible $ 10 million fine, if convicted of the criminal charge against her.
This was explained Tuesday by Judge Robin Meriweather, of the federal court of the District of Columbia, during the first hearing on the case. Colonel heard the verdict remotely from a cell in the detention center where he is located, in Virginia.
Through an interpreter in Spanish, the judge reminded Coronel that there is a criminal complaint against him. The US charges her with “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.”
“Access to criminal partners”
In addition to conspiring to “illegally import these drugs into the United States, the US authorities accuse her of” helping and encouraging “the activities of the Sinaloa cartel, led by El Chapo,” the judge said.
The US prosecutor handling the case, Anthony Nardozzi, asked during the hearing that Coronel be kept in custody. This pending his trial and without the possibility of bail.
“The defendant has access to criminal partners who are members of the Sinaloa cartel. As well as to financial means that imply that she presents a serious flight risk. In addition, she has no direct link with the Washington DC area,” Nardozzi alleged.
The lawyers of Colonel They agreed to the request of the Prosecutor’s Office, although they reserved the right to present a bail package in the future. The wife of “El Chapo” was detained pending the next hearing in her case.