Wife of drug lord ‘El Chapo’ released from federal custody after sentence for drug smuggling, money laundering

FILE - In this July 17, 2019 file photo, Emma Coronel Aispuro, center, wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, arrives for his sentencing at Brooklyn federal court, in New York. Emma Coronel Aispuro is expected to plead guilty to federal criminal charges after she had been charged in the U.S. with helping her husband run his multibillion-dollar criminal empire. She is due in court Thursday, June 10, 2021, in Washington for a plea agreement hearing, according to court records. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

(Mark Lennihan / Associated Press)

Wife of drug lord 'El Chapo' released from federal custody after sentence for drug smuggling, money laundering

Mexico & the Americas

Nathan Solis

Sept. 13, 2023

Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of former Sinaloa


cartel kingpin Joaqun El Chapo Guzmn Loera, was released from federal custody on Wednesday, according to authorities.

Coronel, 34, served three years in federal custody for her role in helping her husband run his multibillion-dollar criminal empire. She was accused by federal prosecutors of smuggling drugs into the United States and helping her husband tunnel his way out of a maximum security prison in Mexico in 2015.

Coronel turned herself

in tointo

federal authorities in 2021 and pleaded guilty to a money-laundering conspiracy charge and knowingly and willfully conspiring to distribute drugs.

In June, she was transferred from a federal prison in Forth Worth, Texas, to a halfway house in Los Angeles County.

A spokesperson for the Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed that Coronel was released from custody Wednesday and will remain on supervised release for the next two years, but did not disclose any additional information.

The former teenage beauty queen was born near San Francisco and married Guzmn when she was 18 and he was 50, according to a 2016 L.A. Times interview with Coronel. Because she is a U.S. citizen, Coronel was in Los Angeles County in 2011 when she gave birth to her twin daughters while Guzmn was a fugitive in hiding.

El Chapos wife is launching a clothing brand called El Chapo Guzman

Since the 1990s, Guzmn had been

has been

arrested by Mexican authorities on multiple occasions as he rose through the ranks of the Sinaloa


cartel. But he also orchestrated numerous prison escapes, including a 2001 trip through a load of prison laundry, which


led to a 13-year run from authorities. During that time, Guzmn met Coronel at a beauty pageant in Canelas in the Mexican state of Durango, according to her retelling of the first time they met.

I would say what won me over was his way of talking, how he treated me, the way we began to get along first as friends, and from that came everything else, Coronel said.

Guzmn was captured again in Mexico, but broke out of the maximum-security Altiplano prison near Mexico City through an underground tunnel in July 2015. Federal prosecutors claimed Coronel smuggled a GPS watch to her husband in prison and helped him escape.

When he was finally captured, Guzmn was wanted across multiple jurisdictions in the U.S. and in Mexico.

But it was the Eastern District of New York that filed criminal charges against him that led to his extradition to the U.S. in 2017. He is currently serving a life sentence plus 30 years in ADX Florence, a supermax prison in Colorado.