Washington – The wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán is expected to plead guilty to federal criminal charges after she was charged in the United States with helping her husband run his multi-million dollar criminal empire.
Emma Coronel Aispuro will appear in court Thursday in Washington at a plea bargain hearing, according to court documents. Previously, Coronel Aispuro had pleaded not guilty after being charged in a criminal complaint with a single count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana in the United States.
She was arrested in February at Dulles International Airport in Virginia.
Prosecutors have alleged that Coronel Aispuro “worked closely with the command and control structure” of the Sinaloa Cartel and conspired to distribute large quantities of drugs, knowing that they would be trafficked to the United States.
Her arrest came as a surprise in part because the authorities had done nothing to arrest her in the past two years, even after she was implicated in the crimes committed by her husband. During the trial of “El Chapo” in 2019, prosecutors said she helped orchestrate the capo’s two prison breaks in Mexico.
Guzmán, who was Mexico’s most powerful drug trafficker, led the Sinaloa Cartel, responsible for trafficking cocaine and other drugs to the United States during his 25-year rule, according to prosecutors. They added that their “army of hitmen” had orders to kidnap, torture and kill anyone who got in their way.