Mexican drug lord El Chapo’s wife released from US prison

Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, has been released from a U.S. prison after serving nearly two years for drug trafficking and money laundering charges, according to a prison official. Her release occurred on September 13.

During her sentencing, Coronel, who holds dual U.S.-Mexican citizenship, expressed deep remorse for her involvement with Joaquin Guzman and the notorious Sinaloa Cartel. She acknowledged the harm that her actions may have caused.

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, known for his two daring prison escapes in Mexico, is currently serving a life sentence at Colorado’s Supermax prison. He was convicted in 2019 on charges related to engaging in a criminal enterprise, drug trafficking, and firearms violations.

In November 2021, Emma Coronel was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to charges connected to El Chapo’s narcotics empire. Her sentence also included four years of supervised release and the forfeiture of $1.5 million.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP) confirmed her release but did not provide further details, citing privacy, safety, and security concerns. It was noted that Coronel had been held at a residential reentry management facility in Long Beach, California, as indicated by the prison bureau’s inmate locator. Her release marks a significant development in the ongoing saga surrounding the Guzman family and their connections to the drug trade.