Ain’t nothing like a ride-or-die chick who is willing to lose it all for her man and his empire, but it looks as if the Bonnie and Clyde routine is over for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and his wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro.
The former teenage beauty queen and wife of the most notorious drug kingpin in American history was arrested Monday at Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C., and appeared before a judge Wednesday, where she was denied bail.
Coronel Aispuro, 31, is being charged with participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana into the U.S., the Department Of Justice said.
She is also accused of helping to coordinate the 2015 prison escape of El Chapo. According to court documents, Coronel Aispuro purchased a piece of land near the prison where El Chapo was incarcerated and organized the construction of an underground tunnel for him to escape.
Coronel Aispuro’s attorney, Jeffrey Lichtman, tried to persuade the judge to consent to her temporary detention but the prosecutor, Anthony Nardozzi, argued that her role in the Sinaloa Cartel and her access to millions of dollars would make her a flight risk.
The judge agreed, and ordered Coronel Aispuro to remain in custody.
Mike Vigil, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s former chief of international operations, said Coronel Aispuro “has been involved in the drug trade since she was a little girl. She knows the inner workings of the Sinaloa Cartel.”
He said she could be willing to cooperate out of fear of being separated from her twin daughters that she shares with El Chapo.
But it may not be as easy as the DEA may think to get her to flip .
Coronel Aispuro married El Chapo when she was a teenager and her father, was a high-ranking soldier in the Sinaloa Cartel. Her father and two brothers are currently in prison for crimes related to their participation in the criminal enterprise.
Becoming a witness could mean death for her entire family.
Only time will tell if the pressures of prison will get the best of “Mrs. El Chapo” but we suspect she is down for her la familia and will ride out her time like a true “crime boss.”