March 27, 2023

Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, arrives at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern Borough of New York in the Brooklyn neighborhood of New York City on February 4, 2019.

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Notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s wife pleaded guilty to federal charges of helping her husband run his Mexican cartel, court documents revealed Wednesday.

Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, is due to plead guilty in the US District Court in Washington, DC Thursday morning

Coronel, a former beauty queen, is accused of conspiring to sell narcotics through the Sinaloa cartel, which her now incarcerated husband ran for years.

She is also alleged to have helped Guzman escape from a Mexican prison in 2014.

Coronel, who has twin daughters with Guzman, was arrested at Dulles Airport in Virginia near Washington in February.

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