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Wife of drug kingpin 'El Chapo' pleads guilty to federal charges

Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of the founder of the former Guadalajara Cartel Joaquín El Chapo Guzman, exits federal court in New York City on February 11, 2019. She entered a guilty plea to three federal charges Thursday. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of the founder of the former Guadalajara Cartel Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzman, exits federal court in New York City on February 11, 2019. She entered a guilty plea to three federal charges Thursday. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

June 10 (UPI) -- Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of drug trafficking and money laundering in connection with her husband's operations.

Aispuro, 31, was arrested at Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C., in February. She told D.C.-based federal Judge Richard Contreras she accepted a plea deal.

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Aispuro, who was born in the United States but grew up in Mexico, agreed to cooperate with prosecutors and admitted to three federal charges.

She will be sentenced on Sept. 15 on the charges: conspiracy to commit money laundering, to aid and abet the distribution of heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamines for importation and engaging in transactions that had the effect of helping Guzman evade sanctions.

Guzman was convicted by a jury in the Eastern District of New York in 2019 for his role as a leader of the violent Sinaloa Cartel. Aispuro faithfully attended his Brooklyn trial. Guzman was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

Aispuro, the mother of twin girls with Guzman, is a former beauty queen who was introduced to Guzman at age 17, when he was 49. Aispuro's father, Coronel Barreras, was a Sinaloa cartel lieutenant who is serving time for trafficking drugs and firearms charges.

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