The return of Emma Coronel: in the coming weeks, “Chapo's” wife could reach an agreement with the US government

The return of Emma Coronel: in the coming weeks, “Chapo’s” wife could reach an agreement with the US government

It was inevitable: Emma Coronel, wife of Joaquin the Chapo Guzman, she would have decided to follow the same steps as his acquaintances from the Sinaloa Cartel and she would ultimately choose to accept a plea deal, all in exchange for a not-so-severe sentence.

The woman’s lawyer, Mariel Colón told Univision News that this month, Emma could close the deal with the US authorities but that, unlike the other members of the Sinaloa Cartel, there will be no cooperation with the US government.

On February 23, Judge Robin Meriweather of the Federal Court of the District of Columbia decreed preventive detention without bail for Emma Coronel, wife of Joaquín el “Chapo” Guzmán, detained the day before at Dulles International Airport, Virginia, in USA.

The appearance of the last wife of the founder of the Sinaloa Cartel – accused of allegedly conspiring to traffic drugs – began at 11:00 (GMT-6).

The US government was represented by the prosecutor Anthony Nardozzi, who requested preventive detention on the grounds that “the defendant worked closely with the structure of the Sinaloa Cartel, especially with her husband, Joaquín el ‘Chapo’ Guzmán”.

In addition to his participation in the escape of the criminal leader from the Altiplano maximum security prison, in 2015.

Repeatedly during the process, advocate Jeff Lichtman gave his consent for Emma Coronel remained incarcerated indefinitely. It is now up to the defender of Coronel to request a possible release on bail.

Magistrate Mariweather read the accusations against Colonel Aispuro, who faces charges of conspiracy to import heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine. If convicted, she faces a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison, in addition to a fine of up to $ 10 million.

Coronel is imprisoned in Alexandria, Virginia (USA), the state where she was arrested on February 22. The United States Department of Justice assures that Emma Coronel, 31, helped El Chapo escape from the Altiplano (Mexico) in 2015, also conspired to traffic drugs to the country bordering Mexico. This would be enough to bury Coronel for life in jail, experts warn.

The Colonel dynasty

From the sierra of Durango a clan of marijuana farmers arrived. Sponsored by the drug lord Amado Carrillo Fuentes, alias the “Lord of the Skies”, one of the most powerful drug lords in Mexico, the Colonel family controlled the state and drug trafficking across the northern border.

The history of this clan began with the Mexican drug trafficker, Ignacio Nacho Coronel Villarreal. “Don Nacho” and / or “The King of the Crystal”, as he was known in the underworld, began his criminal activities under the orders of the “Lord of the Skies.” After his death – in 1997 during plastic surgery – Nacho joined the organization of Joaquín el Chapo Guzmán: the Sinaloa Cartel.

According to the accusations, he became one of the main leaders of the cartel. His leadership extended to the shadow of others better known as that of him “Chapo” Guzmán and Ismael the “Mayo” Zambada, the only capo of the old guard with more than 40 years of experience who has never been arrested.

Colonel Villarreal was responsible for the methamphetamine transfer to the United States for at least 12 years. One of the most tense moments in the leadership of “Nacho” occurred in April 2010 when his son, Alejandro Coronel Mardueño was kidnapped and murdered when he was just 16 years old by his rivals, the Beltrán Leyvas. This unleashed a wave of violence in the country.

That same year, on July 29, the already important leader of the drug trade was killed in an operation launched by the Mexican Army, in one of the most exclusive residential areas of Guadalajara, in the state of Jalisco (in the west of the country).

According to the accusations, he became one of the main leaders of the cartel. His leadership extended to the shadow of others better known as that of him “Chapo” Guzmán and Ismael the “Mayo” Zambada, the only capo of the old guard with more than 40 years of experience who has never been arrested.

Colonel Villarreal was responsible for the methamphetamine transfer to the United States for at least 12 years. One of the most tense moments in the leadership of “Nacho” occurred in April 2010 when his son, Alejandro Coronel Mardueño was kidnapped and murdered when he was just 16 years old by his rivals, the Beltrán Leyvas. This unleashed a wave of violence in the country.

That same year, on July 29, the already important leader of the drug trade was killed in an operation launched by the Mexican Army, in one of the most exclusive residential areas of Guadalajara, in the state of Jalisco (in the west of the country).

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