El Chapo’s wife at risk of conviction in US court – .

El Chapo’s wife at risk of conviction in US court – .

US prosecutors on Tuesday will ask a judge to sentence the wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to four years in prison after pleading guilty to aiding the Sinaloa drug cartel.

Emma Coronel Aispuro, 32, pleaded guilty in June to three counts of conspiracy to distribute illegal drugs, conspiracy to launder money and engaging in financial transactions with the the drug from Sinaloa.

Federal prosecutors also plan to ask U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras on Tuesday to order Coronel to waive $ 1.5 million as part of his sentence. She is scheduled to appear in federal court in Washington, DC, at 12 p.m. EST.

“The accused committed a serious crime against the United States,” prosecutors wrote in their sentencing note. “Given the negative impact of drug trafficking on society and the serious adverse effects of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana in communities, it is important that the court impose a sentence that deters others from undermining the rule of law. “

Coronel, a former U.S.-born beauty queen who married Guzman as a teenager, was arrested at Dulles International Airport near Washington in February.

As part of his plea deal with prosecutors, Coronel admitted to acting as a courier between Guzman and other members of the Sinaloa cartel while being held in the Altiplano prison in Mexico after his arrest. in 2014.

Guzman used those communications to plan his 2015 escape from prison, north of Toluca, Mexico, through an underground tunnel built by the cartel leading to the shower in his cell.

The drug lord was picked up in January 2016 and extradited a year later to the United States.

He was convicted in February 2019 of drug trafficking, conspiracy, kidnapping, murder and other charges, and then sentenced to life in prison.

(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Scott Malone and Paul Simao)


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