The wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman pleaded guilty Thursday to charges in the US related to her husband’s criminal empire.
Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, made her guilty plea in Washington with the assistance of a translator. Her charges include conspiring to distribute heroin, marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine. She also pleads guilty to money laundering and engaging in transactions with a foreign narcotics officer.
Prosecutors claim that she “worked closely with the command and control structure” of her husband’s cartel and was responsible for large quantities of drugs being smuggled into the US. She has also been accused of being a key member in planning Guzman’s two escapes from prison in Mexico.
Her husband El Chapo, was once considered to be the most powerful drug trafficker in the world. He ran the violent Sinaloa Cartel which was responsible for smuggling cocaine and other drugs into the United States and Europe.
In 2016 he was arrested and extradited to the United States. Three years later, he was convicted on an assortment of drug related charges and sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years. He is currently serving his sentence in a super-max prison in Colorado.
Despite the guilty plea Aispuro still faces significant jail time. Conspiracy to distribute carries with it a maximum of life in prison. She also faces 20 years for money laundering and 10 years for engaging with a foreign drug trafficker.
Aispuro was arrested in February at Dulles International Airport in Virginia and has remained in custody ever since. Sentencing will be held in September.