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El Chapo's Wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, Arrested in Virginia on Drug Trafficking Charges

Newsweek logo Newsweek 2/22/2021 Aila Slisco
a woman wearing glasses: Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, arrives at a federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York on February 7, 2019. © KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, arrives at a federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York on February 7, 2019.

Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of notorious Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera has been arrested on drug trafficking charges in Virginia.

Aispuro, a 31-year-old dual citizen of the U.S. and Mexico, was arrested at Dulles International Airport on Monday, according to a release from the Department of Justice. She was charged with conspiracy to unlawfully import and distribute at least one kilogram of heroin, five kilograms of cocaine, 1,000 kilograms of marijuana and at least 500 grams of methamphetamines.

El Chapo, the former leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel, was extradited to the U.S. in 2017 and found guilty of multiple charges related to drug trafficking in 2019. He is currently serving a life sentence in a federal prison in Colorado. Authorities allege that Aispuro helped him escape from a Mexican prison in 2015 and was involved in a plan for a second Mexican prison escape attempt during the following year.

Aispuro is expected virtually appear in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia during an initial court appearance on Tuesday.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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