U.S. authorities have arrested the wife of famed drug lord El Chapo for helping him escape from the law.
On Monday, federal agents arrested the wife of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman on charges of aiding her husband’s daring escape from prison in 2015, as well as drug trafficking. Emma Coronel Aispuro was arrested in Virginia at Dulles International Airport and is scheduled to appear in federal court Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement.
According to the statement, Coronel is accused of participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana for importation into the United States. She also helped plan Guzmán’s 2015 escape through a tunnel from Altiplano Maximum Security Prison in Mexico. The mile-long tunnel was equipped with lights, ventilation and a motorcycle rail.
The Justice Department said in a statement that Coronel was “allegedly involved in planning another jailbreak with others before Guzmán was extradited to the United States in January 2017.” Coronel, 31, who holds dual U.S. and Mexican citizenship, will appear Tuesday in D.C. District Court.
El Chapo was sentenced to life in a U.S. prison without parole in July 2019 after being recaptured and then sent to the United States.