EL CHAPO’s wife has been released from prison after pleading guilty to helping him run his multi-billion dollar drug empire.
According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Emma Coronel admitted to drug trafficking in November 2021 but was released early from her original three-year sentence.
The wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman Loera, better known as El Chapo, reportedly left her refuge in California, where she was transferred from federal prison in June.
The 34-year-old was accused of helping her 66-year-old husband run the drug empire and helping him escape from a maximum-security prison in Mexico in 2015.
After her arrest Experts suspected that she would reveal important information about the Sinaloa Cartel However, to avoid conviction, a person familiar with the case told the Times that discussions were not part of the agreement.
During her sentencing, Coronel, a dual U.S. and Mexican citizen, expressed remorse for her involvement with Guzman and the Sinaloa Cartel and the harm she may have caused.
In addition to helping her husband escape from prison in 2015, she is suspected of plotting to bribe a top Mexican official during the recapture of El Chapo in 2016.
However, before this plan could be implemented, El Chapo was extradited to the USA.
Last month, El Chapo reportedly sent a handwritten letter requesting that his wife and their two daughters be allowed to visit him at the maximum security prison where he is being held in Oregon.
He was convicted in 2019 of running the Sinaloa Cartel and U.S. law enforcement estimates he smuggled over 1,000 tons of cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine and heroin into the U.S.
Prosecutors described him as a “ruthless and bloodthirsty leader” of the cartel.
The notorious Sinaloa Cartel’s hitmen reportedly kidnapped, tortured and murdered members of rival gangs to gain their elite reputation.
Coronel, also known as the “Narco Princess,” is said to have met Guzmán when she was just 17 years old while competing in a local beauty pageant.
El Chapo is said to have fallen in love with her when he saw her at a competition – and he was 47 years old at the time.
In an interview with the LA Times, she said: “I would say what sold me was the way he talked, the way he treated me, the way we started getting along – first as friends and everything else came from that. “
“He tends to win people over by his manner, his actions and the way he treats people in general.”
Her rancher father, Inés Coronel Barreras, is said to have grown marijuana and opium poppies, and her uncle is murdered drug lord Igancio Nacho Coronel, a key member of the Sinaloa Cartel and one of El Chapo’s most trusted men.
Colonel traveled to California in 2011 to give birth to the couple’s twin daughters – meaning their children have US citizenship.
In 2014, the Mexican drug lord was arrested after a massive 13-year manhunt and sent to the high-security Altiplano prison in Mexico.
But 17 months later he managed to escape by riding a motorcycle on tracks that led to a local warehouse.
According to prosecutors in their trial, Oberst is said to have played a key role in his escape.
She was also accused of acting as a messenger for her husband both during his time on the run and in prison, passing orders to his cartel members and to his sons with his former wives, known as Chapitos (Little Chapos). .
After a tunnel escape in 2015, Guzmán managed to evade capture for six months before Mexican special forces caught him in Sinaloa.
He was finally found guilty in February 2019 and Colonel remained at large for almost two years afterward until she was arrested at Dulles Airport near Washington DC in February 2021.
Prosecutors said she was well aware of her husband’s criminal activities and “understood the extent of the Sinaloa Cartel’s drug trafficking operation.”
She pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and money laundering.
At the sentencing, Coronel asked for leniency for her children.
“I ask you not to let her grow up without the presence of a mother,” she told the judge.
Although her future plans remain unclear after today’s release, it is believed that she may travel to Oregon to visit her husband based on his recent letters.