WASHINGTON — The wife of notorious drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman was arrested Monday at Dulles International Airport for her alleged role in a plot to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana into the US.
31-year-old Emma Coronel Aispuro was also charged with assisting in her husband’s 2015 escape from Altiplano prison in Mexico. Guzman escaped through an entry below his shower which led to a tunnel with a motorcycle on rails. Prosecutors say Aispuro played a key role, and that she was also planning a second escape for her husband in 2017.
Guzman is currently serving a life sentence in ADX Florence, a federal supermax facility in Colorado. His Sinaloa cartel was responsible for smuggling large quantities of cocaine and other drugs into the US. Court papers say Guzman employed an “army of sicarios” to torture, kidnap, and kill anyone who proved to be a threat to Guzman.
Federal prosecutors say Aispuro worked with Guzman’s son, as well as a witness who is now cooperating with the U.S. Government, to construct the underground tunnel Guzman used to escape Altiplano prison to avoid extradition. She allegedly purchased a large plot of land near the prison, smuggled Guzman a GPS watch, and purchased firearms and an armored truck.
Aispuro remains in custody and is scheduled to virtually appear in a Washington federal court on Tuesday. Information for an attorney was not immediately available.