The U.S. Criminal Case against Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of El Chapo

Latin America

 By Chivis Martinez…………………

Update:  Federal magistrate judge, Robin
Meriweather   presided over the short virtual court hearing
today in Washington DC.

Judge Meriweather explained the
charges to Coronel, who spoke to the judge through a Spanish interpreter.

Judge Meriweather said
prosecutors had provided sufficient reason to keep Coronel behind bars for now
and noted that her attorney had consented to the temporary detention.

Emma Coronel faces life behind
bars, the same sentence Chapo received. 
It is unlikely the two will ever see each other face to face again.

Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, is
accused of conspiring to help distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and
marijuana in the U.S.  She has a DC Court
appearance this AM via video conference…

Based on information and evidence
revealed in the New York trial of Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, it would have seemed
that  Emma Coronel Aispuro, common-law
wife of Chapo, had escaped justice for her role in the capo’s worldwide drug
empire.

Then subsequent to the trial, she
appeared to flaunt her fearless attitude that she would never be brought to
charges anywhere including the United States. 
She then founded legit businesses and claimed in a televised interview
that her wealth was from investments made, not from El Chapo money, but that
from her father.  This made no sense, as money from her father was still dirty illegal money, her father Innes Coronel
is imprisoned for drug trafficking.  I
had noted at the time of the trial that Emma is a dual citizen both US and
Mexican.  As a US citizen, she is
subjected to worldwide taxation, and I wondered if the IRS has taken a good
look at Emma’s worldwide holdings. 

Maybe that is next for Emma.  As Yaqui reported, she was arrested
yesterday and has been charged with drug trafficking, accused of helping her
husband run his multibillion-dollar cartel and plotted his escape from a
Mexican prison in 2015.

A part of the case against
Coronel is a hand-written letter from Chapo given to Emma while he was in
Altiplano prison. An extraction from the criminal complaint says:

Says special agent; According to
Cooperating Witness 1, CORONEL also knew that GUZMAN’s sons, 
IVAN, OVIDIO, ALFREDO, and
JOAQUIN, are also high-ranking members of the Sinaloa 
Cartel. CORONEL further knew that
her father, INES CORONEL, coordinated narcotics 
transports for GUZMAN.

CORONEL grew up with knowledge of
the narcotics trafficking industry and 
married GUZMAN when she was a
teenager. Based upon my investigation, I know CORONEL 
understood the scope of the
Sinaloa Cartel’s drug trafficking. CORONEL knows and understands 
the Sinaloa Cartel is the most
prolific cartel in Mexico. CORONEL was aware of multi-ton cocaine 
shipments, multi-kilo heroin
production, multi-ton marijuana shipments, and ton quantity 
methamphetamine shipments.
CORONEL understood the drug proceeds she controlled during her marriage to
GUZMAN were derived from these shipments. Furthermore, from 2012 to 2014,

CORONEL relayed messages on
behalf of GUZMAN in furtherance of drug trafficking activities while GUZMAN
attempted to avoid capture by Mexican authorities. Once GUZMAN was arrested in
February 2014, CORONEL continued to deliver messages she received from GUZMAN
during her prison visits, which were not monitored by Mexican authorities.

I have reviewed a
handwritten letter written and signed by GUZMAN. This letter was authenticated
by multiple witnesses, including Cooperating Witness 1, and is currently

maintained in FBI evidence
control. The letter states, in pertinent part:

“Regarding Cleto, increase the
production so that it yields. Say hi to Cleto. Tell him to please give me a
hand, so that the first sale will be my part… because I have a lot of expenses here.”

 I know from my investigation that “Cleto” is a
drug trafficker based in Durango, Mexico who produces heroin. I know from
Cooperating Witness 1 as well as other sources that Cleto produced heroin for
GUZMAN. I know GUZMAN’s reference to “expenses here” was a reminder to the
recipient of the letter that GUZMAN had to pay bribes inside the prison and
also continue to support his family. I know from my investigation that Cleto
and Cooperating Witness provided CORONEL drug proceeds from more than 5
kilograms of heroin.

[Also key in the complaint is the
charge, that came out in court testimony during the Chapo trial, of  CORONEL’s Participation in GUZMAN’s Escape
from Prison]

The agent continues in the complaint;

Based on my knowledge of the
investigation and debriefing of multiple former Sinaloa Cartel members, CORONEL
visited GUZMAN at Altiplano prison on multiple occasions following GUZMAN’s
arrest on February 22, 2014.

I have reviewed a handwritten
letter written and signed by GUZMAN. This letter was authenticated by multiple
witnesses and is currently maintained in FBI evidence control. The letter
contains detailed instructions about the ongoing operations of the Sinaloa
Cartel, including narcotics transports.

The letter also states, in
pertinent part:

“I ask you to always be in
agreement among you and my four sons. Hire accountants throughout the state,
and pay the guys and widows from there, and whatever is left per month, half is
for you and half for the four of them.

. . . You know who has the papers
from that place. Send them to the twins please.

The twins’ mother will tell you
and my children something. Please be alert, compadre. She will explain.

. . . The twins’ mother will
bring a message to all of you, so that you all see it personally.”

[agent says]…..Based on my knowledge
of the investigation, I understand “my four sons” to be IVAN, ALFREDO, OVIDIO,
and JOAQUIN, and I understand “[t]he twins’ mother” to be CORONEL.

Based on the letter quoted above
and my knowledge of the investigation, I believe that CORONEL was acting as a
go-between and messenger between GUZMAN and his lieutenants, associates, and sons.
I further understand that GUZMAN continued to direct the drug trafficking
activities of the Sinaloa Cartel from Altiplano prison through a number of
individuals, including CORONEL.

According to Cooperating Witness
1, he/she received communications from 
CORONEL on behalf of GUZMAN while
GUZMAN was detained in Altiplano prison in 2014 and 2015. Furthermore,
Cooperating Witness 1 told me CORONEL agreed to help facilitate GUZMAN to
escape from Altiplano via an underground tunnel.

According to Cooperating Witness 1, CORONEL
met with him/her and asked for assistance with GUZMAN’s escape from Altiplano
prison. Cooperating Witness 1  agreed to assist.
Later, CORONEL met with Cooperating Witness 1, IVAN, ALFREDO, OVIDIO, and

JOAQUIN and communicated GUZMAN’s
instructions regarding the escape plan to them. During the meeting, CORONEL,
IVAN, ALFREDO, OVIDIO, and Cooperating Witness 1 agreed to organize the
construction of an underground tunnel linked to Altiplano in order to
facilitate GUZMAN’s escape from prison. Cooperating Witness 1, CORONEL, IVAN,
ALFREDO, and OVIDIO all understood that the purpose of facilitating GUZMAN’s
escape was to prevent GUZMAN’s extradition to the United States and to ensure
his continued control over the Sinaloa Cartel and its drug trafficking
activities.

Look for a sweet plea deal for
Coronel, she is very valuable as a cooperative, and she has her young 9-year-old
twins with Chapo to consider, who would be parentless if she went to trial and
was convicted.  I see her going the way
of Vincente Zambada; cooperate, get a deal, protection, the ability to keep a
slice of the fortune, and a relatively short time behind bars.

Although it isn’t revealed on Pacer
who is representing Coronel, my source today says he thought it was  Lichtman and Colon.  Two of the attorneys that represented Chapo.

To access all my posts from the trial of El Chapo, use the search bar and type in EL CHAPO TRIAL

Read the complete complaint
unsealed yesterday below

Emma Coronel, Wife of El Chapo, Criminal Complaint Criminal Complaint by Chivis Martinez on Scribd


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