MEXICO CITY – Emma Coronel Espuro charged with drug trafficking, “El Chapo” Guzman, a former beauty queen and wife of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin, follows a telenovela-style life of hyper-violent Mexican cartels, fame and motherhood Abuses
The 31-year-old Coronel married the young in infamy and had a front-row seat and hunted for Guzman’s high-stakes cat-and-mouse game with Mexican and American agents.
A US-Mexican dual national, Coronel was arrested at Dales International Airport on Monday and is scheduled to appear in the US District of Columbia court on Tuesday on charges of distributing cocaine, heroin and other drugs.
Coronel caught the attention of Guzman, who is more than three decades her senior, when she was a teen beauty queen.
He married and had twin daughters in 2007 after turning 18, spending his entire life in prison with Guzman or as the leader of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel. Gujman is serving a life sentence in a US prison.
Coronel’s fame rose during Guzman’s 2019 trial in New York, where she became a media sensation with her designer outfits and loyally showed her husband – even prosecutors detailed how she Laid a string of lovers.
She even became an important character in the courtroom drama when a former lieutenant of Guzman’s alleged coronel in 2015 saw her husband coming out of the prison in a long tunnel in a Hollywood-style prison It was instrumental to bathe in the prison cell.
Due to her husband’s fame and seeking to cash-in her celebrities outside of Mexico, Coronel launched a clothing brand in the United States in 2019 and even an American reality show featuring mafia families Also seen about.
“I consider myself a normal woman,” Coronel said aboard a yacht at VH1’s Cartel Crew Show.
“It’s sad that they judge us without knowing us. It’s difficult.”
In media interviews, Coronel emphasized his enduring loyalty to Guzman and the focus on bringing up his twin daughters.
“Emma is like the old narco families in Sinaloa,” a former acquaintance told Reuters.
Steeped in the narco tradition from an early age, Coronel was raised in the mountains of Durango, part of the “Golden Triangle” of Mexico’s drug trafficking states that includes Sinaloa. Her father was jailed in 2017 on charges of drug trafficking.
Coronel first made headlines in 2007 after Guzman’s church wedding in rural Durango, which was running from authorities at the time.
Coronal will be on Guzman’s side during several near-misses as Mexican police and American agents track him down.
In Guzman’s trial, his former right-hand man, Damaso López Núñez, testified how Korzel helped Guzman’s sons escape from the audacious 2015 prison.
He found a plot of land near the jail, arranged weapons, brought an armored truck and even smuggled a GPS wristwatch so that tunnel engineers coordinated the exact jail cell to help their excavations, according to testimony Meet.
Guzman was again apprehended in 2016 and extradited to the United States in 2017.
In Guzman’s lawsuit, whenever he entered court, he would seek and wave Coronel. They could not talk to each other but their glimpses caught media attention.
“It was like a love story in complete silence because she was not allowed to say anything,” said Miguel Angel Vega of the Ryodo newspaper in Sinaloa, who covered the trial.
“It’s quite interesting to see what’s going on in this new case,” Vega said. “It’s like a soap opera.”
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