Guzman, the wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin El Chapo, pleaded guilty in the United States on Thursday and confessed to helping her husband run a billion-dollar criminal empire.
Emma Coronel Aispuro, dressed in a green prison uniform, appeared in federal court in Washington and was found guilty of three federal crimes as part of a protest deal with federal prosecutors.
The charges include intentional and intentional conspiracy to distribute heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine. He is also charged with conspiracy to launder money and a foreign drug smuggler.
The 31-year-old was arrested in February at Dulles International Airport in Virginia and has been in jail ever since.
Coronel Aispuro’s lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, said outside the courthouse, “I’m very happy he left that behind.” “Her husband did not think he would be arrested after serving a life sentence. So this is a time of obvious anxiety. But we will cope with it. ”
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Prosecutors allege that Coronel Aispuro conspired to distribute large amounts of drugs because he knew that the Sinaloa cartel “worked closely with the command-and-control structure” and would be smuggled into the United States.
During Guzman’s 25-year rule as Mexico’s most powerful drug lord, prosecutors said he led a cartel responsible for selling cocaine and other drugs to the United States. They also said they had orders to abduct, torture, and kill those who prevented the “sicario army” or “hitmen”.
Prosecutor Anthony Nardozzi said his wife’s Sinaloa cartel “helped” the United States in drug trafficking and helped import more than 450,000 kilograms of cocaine, 90,000 kilograms of heroin, 45,000 kilograms of methamphetamine, and 90,000 kilograms of narcotics. marijuana.
Lichtman insisted that Coronel Aisupro was “a very small participant” in the drug empire. “It was a very small part of something bigger,” he said.
Her arrest earlier this year came as a surprise, as authorities have not taken any steps to arrest her in the past two years, even after her involvement in her husband’s crimes. During Guzman’s trial in 2019, prosecutors said they helped organize Guzman’s escape from two prisons in Mexico.
Nardozzi said Coronel Aispuro was “mediating” to send a message to cartel members after her husband’s arrest, and that Guzman had conspired to “plan and coordinate” his escape from prison with his sons.
Coronel Aispuro listened quietly as prosecutors explained how they would prove their wrongdoing if they chose to appear in court.
When asked by the judge whether he had actually committed the crimes assigned by the government, he answered “Yes” through an interpreter.
Lichtman said his client did not agree to cooperate with federal investigators but hoped he would remain in legal custody for at least 10 years when he reappeared for trial in September.
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