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Emma Coronel Aispuro, Empress Of The Drug Cartel World

Emma Coronel Aispuro is the wife of the infamous drug-cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera. In February of 2021, she was arrested on charges of assisting her husband in the drugs business and helping him to escape from prison in Mexico on two occasions, in July 2015 and January 2016. 

She had led a life of luxury and glamour in New York with all the trappings of the wife of a drug lord – very expensive clothes, purses, and jewelry from world famous fashion designers. 

She portrayed herself as a glamourous public figure and entrepreneur as she attempted to launch a fashion business. She even made an appearance on a reality show and spoke about people who passed judgment without any real knowledge of her.

Her Early Life

Coronel was born to Blanca Estela Aispuro Aispuro and Inés Coronel Barreras, a Mexican drug lord. At the age of 17, Coronel took part in a beauty pageant in Canelas, Mexico. 

At a party hosted to celebrate her candidacy, her future husband Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, made a dramatic appearance as he was flanked by small planes and armed men in a motorcade. By the end of the party, the two were engaged to get married. 

At the pageant, Coronel was crowned queen. Many believe it was due to the influence of her future husband. In 2011 she gave birth to twin girls. El Chapo’s name was not attached to the girls’ birth certificates as there was a five million dollar bounty for his arrest.

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Support to Her Husband El Chapo

El Chapo was eventually convicted by a New York court and sentenced to life imprisonment for trafficking drugs, murder, kidnapping, and dealing in laundered money. He is currently being held in a high-security facility in Colorado. 

She attended her husband’s trial practically every day adorned in lipstick, diamond jewelry, and tight jeans, portraying herself as her husband’s love interest. 

On the day when one of El Chapo’s mistresses testified, Coronel wore matching jackets as if to express their solidarity as husband and wife. She sat in the second row in a seat reserved for her, expressionless.

 She always maintained that her husband was being targeted and that his life was in peril. She said she had no knowledge of her husband being the person authorities were portraying him to be, and that they lived humble lives on a farm. She claimed that they were citizens who lived by the law. 

She did not accept the courtroom portrayals of her husband. At the trial, she said that he is an "excellent father, friend, brother, son and partner."

 Many would flinch at her unwavering support for her husband who was known as the most notorious drug lord in Mexico. 

Initial Aloofness

For a person who wallowed in the takings of the drug empire, many wondered how she had avoided being prosecuted.

It is believed that Coronel had ties to the world of crime from a young age due to her father’s involvement in the drug business. In 2013 he was arrested at a warehouse in the possession of hundreds of pounds of marijuana.

Initially, she did not give interviews and stayed away from the gaze of the public, but she eventually created an Instagram account and had thousands of followers in spite of having only a few posts. It was her husband’s trial, however, that shot her to fame.

Where is She Now?

Coronel, now 31, is in jail in Virginia. In her personal life, she had to live with a husband who kept mistresses and manage those who wanted access to her husband, while he ran the Sinaloa cartel. 

She was a woman who showed that she could wield power over the members of the cartel. The position she took was very risky as it meant that either she gets caught or killed. From her life, it is possible to get an insight into the shady lifestyle of the women and members of the drug cartel. 

Two years after her husband’s sentencing in July 2019, Coronel was arrested on charges of conspiring to smuggle drugs like cocaine, heroin, highly addictive stimulant drugs known as ‘speed’ or ‘crystal meth’, into the United States. 

Today Emma Coronel Aispuro is in jail without the option of getting bail. She could spend the rest of her life in prison if found guilty. A trial date has not been fixed as yet.

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