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El Chapo's wife arrested on drug trafficking charge; detained at Washington-area airport

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The wife of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, Emma Coronel Aispuro, arrives at the US Federal Courthouse in Brooklyn on January 14, 2019 in New York.

The wife of convicted drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera was arrested at a suburban Washington, D.C. airport Monday, for her alleged role in the distribution of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines and marijuana.

Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, a dual U.S.-Mexican citizen who had been a fixture at her husband’s 2019 trial in Brooklyn, N.Y., is expected to make her first court appearance Tuesday in Washington.

Guzmán, a leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa narcotics cartel, was sentenced to life in prison following his trial.

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Coronel Aispuro is charged in a conspiracy to distribute drugs in the U.S. and is alleged to have assisted in her husband’s elaborate 2015 escape from a Mexican prison. She also is suspected of plotting another escape before Guzman’s 2017 extradition to the U.S.

Jeffrey Lichtman, a prominent New York City defense lawyer who was one of Guzman’s lawyers during trial, confirmed Monday that he is representing the convicted druglord’s wife. He declined to comment further.

FILE - In this June 10, 1993 file photo, Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, is shown to the press after his arrest at the high security prison of Almoloya de Juarez, on the outskirts of Mexico City. Mexico’s most powerful kingpin has won a two-year bloody battle for control of drug routes through the border city of Ciudad Juarez, U.S. intelligence has concluded, the latest indication that Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel is coming out on top in the country’s drug war.

“Coronel grew up with knowledge of the narcotics trafficking industry, and married Guzman when she was a teenager,” federal authorities said in court documents. “Coronel understood the scope of the Sinaloa Cartel’s drug trafficking; Coronel knows and understands the Sinaloa Cartel is the most prolific cartel in Mexico.”

According to the documents, she also was “aware of multi-ton cocaine shipments, multi-kilo heroin production, multi-ton marijuana shipments, and ton quantity methamphetamine shipments.”

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