Emma Coronel Aispuro, the spouse of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, pleaded responsible Thursday to fees that she “aided and abetted” her husband’s narcotics empire.
Appearing in a Washington, D.C. courtroom Wednesday — 4 months after her February 2021 arrest — Coronel Aispuro pleaded responsible to three counts of conspiring to distribute unlawful medication, conspiring to launder money and interesting in monetary dealings with the Sinaloa drug cartel. Additionally, Coronel Aispuro was additionally accused of helping her husband’s 2015 jail escape.
When sentenced, Coronel Aispuro faces a life in jail; nevertheless, as a result of she reached a plea settlement with federal prosecutors, Coronel Aispuro’s lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman stated he’s hoping for a sentence considerably lower than the statutory minimal sentence of 10 years.
“She is very happy to put this behind her,” Lichtman instructed the media following the responsible plea (via the Associated Press). “She didn’t expect to get arrested after her husband received life in prison. So, this is obviously a troubling time. But we’re going to get past it.”
Anthony Nardozzi, Deputy Chief of Litigation on the Justice Department, instructed the courtroom Thursday, “The defendant aided and abetted the objectives of the Sinaloa Cartel, and it allowed Guzman to resume his leadership role at the Sinaloa Cartel and in doing so, furthered the cartel’s drug trafficking business.”
Guzman is presently serving a life sentence plus 30 years following his conviction in February 2019 on 10 prison fees together with conspiracy to traffick medication and conspiracy to commit homicide, money laundering, and manufacture and distribution of cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana.