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Mexican drug dealer El Chapo’s wife arrested at US airport

Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, was arrested at Dulles International Airport Image: Drew Angerer / Getty Images

Mexican trafficker Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s wife was arrested today at Dulles International Airport in the United States, the country’s Justice Department said. Emma Colonel Aispuro, 31, is accused of participating in a US drug trafficking scheme.

According to the investigation, Emma is part of a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana imported into the country. She is also accused of helping her husband plan escapes from jail in 2015 and 2016 – he did escape a Mexican prison, but was captured the following year.

Emma Aispuro is an American citizen of dual nationality and is expected to make her first appearance in federal court by videoconference tomorrow. The case is being investigated by the FBI in Washington.

In 2019, “El Chapo” was sentenced to life in prison and another 30 “symbolic” years without parole in the United States. He is a former head of the Sinaloa cartel and is considered the greatest drug trafficker on the planet after the death of Colombian Pablo Escobar.

According to the American government, “El Chapo” was responsible for the import, or attempted import, of at least 1,213 tons of cocaine, 1.44 tons of cocaine base, 222 kilograms of heroin, almost 50 tons of marijuana and “quantities” methamphetamine for the United States over 25 years.

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