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El Chapo’s wife sentenced to 3 years in prison for her role in a drug ring

The wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to helping her husband run his multibillion-dollar trafficking operation, the ministry said on Tuesday. Justice.

Emma Coronel Aispuro, 32, appeared in federal court on Tuesday and told the judge she was deeply sorry and ashamed, Telemundo reported.

U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras oversaw the hearing.

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is escorted by soldiers in Mexico on January 8, 2016.Tomas Bravo / Reuters file

Coronel Aispuro pleaded guilty in June to three federal offenses under a plea deal with federal prosecutors. The charges included a willful and willful conspiracy to distribute heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine for several years. She also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to launder money and dealings with a foreign drug trafficker.

Contreras also filed a confiscation judgment against Coronel Aispuro on Tuesday in the amount of nearly $ 1.5 million, representing the proceeds and property she obtained as a result of her drug trafficking activities, said federal officials in a press release.

Coronel Aispuro’s attorney, Jeffrey Lichtman, could not be reached immediately for comment on Tuesday afternoon.

Coronel Aispuro, from around 2011 to at least January 19, 2017, “was a co-conspirator in the activities of the Sinaloa cartel,” which was led by her husband, officials said.

She was taken into custody in February at Dulles International Airport near Washington.

In Spanish, Coronel Aispuro told Contreras on Tuesday she had remorse for his actions. “I am here in front of you, begging your forgiveness,” she said through a court interpreter, according to the report.

Federal Prosecutor Anthony Nardozzi said: “While the overall effect of the accused’s conduct was significant, the accused’s actual role was minimal. The accused acted primarily on behalf of her husband.”

He added that after her arrest, she “quickly accepted responsibility for her criminal conduct.”

Coronel Aispuro, who has dual Mexican-American citizenship, helped Guzmán escape from a maximum security prison in Mexico in 2015, officials said. She held “planning meetings with other co-conspirators and coordinating the movement of drug proceeds to fund the escape,” federal officials said in the DOJ statement on Tuesday.

After he was caught, she allegedly planned another escape from the same facility two years later, authorities said.

Guzmán was convicted in 2019 on 10 counts of participation in an ongoing criminal enterprise and several counts of distributing tonnes of cocaine in the United States. He was sentenced to life imprisonment over 30 years.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed.

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