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El Chapo’s wife poised to rat out cartel

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“El Chapo’s wife Emma Coronel Aispuro poised to rat out cartel: sources”




Emma Coronel Aispuro went back to being a brunette for her mug shot last week.

The glamorous beauty-queen wife of Mexico’s most notorious drug trafficker had last appeared in public as a blonde, her hair cascading down her bareback in a glamorous, white-lace wedding dress that she modeled for Mexican designer Benito Santos on Instagram. In another photo, she models a hip-hugging, sparkly purple gown.

But as she prepares to rat out high-ranking members of the Sinaloa cartel, including her own stepsons, Coronel Aispuro was forced into a more sober look in drab prison greens, her pouty lips free of red lipstick.

She’s definitely cooperating,” a federal law enforcement source told The Post, adding that the wife of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is a likely candidate for witness protection.

“Emma wants to get far away from the violence, and has always wanted to live in the US,” said the source. She was born in California and has dual US/Mexican citizenship.

Coronel Aispuro, 31, turned herself into authorities in Washington earlier this week and faces more than 10 years in prison if convicted on drug-trafficking charges. She is also accused of helping Guzman, 63, escape from a maximum-security Mexican prison in 2015, and helping to plan another escape before he was extradited to the US in 2017, according to court papers.

The leggy brunette, fond of flashy designer clothes, was a fixture at her husband’s trial in Brooklyn federal court in 2019. At the time, The Post exclusively reported that she was under federal investigation for helping to run the cartel that is now spearheaded, the source said, by stepsons Ovidio Guzman Lopez, 30, Ivan Archivaldo Guzman, 37, Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar, 34, and Joaquin Guzman Lopez, whose age is unknown.

Along the way, the former journalism student and aspiring model has amassed nearly 600,000 Instagram followers. She posts glamorous photographs of herself in low-cut blouses and chandelier diamond earrings, and shared Instagram stories about her luxe vacation in Venice shortly after Guzman was sentenced to life at a maximum-security Colorado federal prison in July 2019. There were videos of gondola rides and dinners overlooking the canals. One video showed two glasses of white wine at an outdoor restaurant, but it wasn’t clear whether she was on a date.

Previous photos uploaded to her social media sites during her husband’s trial showed the brunette in skimpy bikinis on windswept beaches. Others featured her in skinny jeans paired with stilettos and Prada handbags, standing amid a fleet of high-end sports cars. Those photographs and the video stories have since been taken down.

Following the trial, Coronel Aispuro also registered the “El Chapo Guzman” trademark to hawk a line of clothing, cell phone cases and hats, according to public records.

Although it’s unclear if the commercial venture went forward, Coronel Aispuro did retain many of her fans. Shortly after news of her arrest on Monday, many of those social-media followers left heart emojis next to photographs of Coronel Aispuro in a tight black leather jacket, a golden crown on her head, and enhanced red lips.

Her followers expressed shock that “la Reinita” — the little queen — who also managed a guest appearance on VH1’s “Cartel Crew” two years ago, had been arrested. “Is it true that Emma is in jail?” asked one of her Instagram followers. “Free the queen,” wrote another.

Coronel Aispuro, the mother of 9-year-old twin girls Emali Guadalupe and Maria Joaquina, is being represented by a team of lawyers led by Manhattan attorney Jeffrey Lichtman, who also defended her husband.

“She already had her defense attorney lined up before she got on a plane to turn herself in,” the source told The Post. “Her number one priority is to protect her kids and remain in the US.”

She has long denied any knowledge of her husband’s drug business. But an FBI agent who debriefed more than 100 members of the Sinaloa cartel said in court papers that “Coronel was aware of multi-ton cocaine shipments, multi-kilo heroin production, multi-ton marijuana shipments and ton-quantity methamphetamine shipments.” After visits to her husband in Mexican prisons, she relayed messages to his trusted deputies, court papers say.

During Guzman’s trial in Brooklyn, Damaso Lopez Nunez, the drug lord’s longtime lieutenant, testified that El Chapo contacted him soon after his capture by Mexican Marines in February 2014. Lopez said his boss asked him to “meet with the mother of the twins,” referring to Coronel.

Coronel Aispuro was born on July 1989 near San Francisco, but grew up in a remote area of northwest Mexico surrounded by pine forests. Her father, Ines Coronel Barrera, was a cattle rancher in the region and a feared drug lord who worked for Guzman. The daughter met Guzman when she was still a teenager, and a contestant in a beauty pageant during the Coffee and Guava Festival in the village of Canelas in 2007.

Guzman, then 50, fell for her on the spot, although the marriage was widely seen as a way to solidify Ines Coronel Barreras’ position within Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel. Barreras was convicted on weapons charges and marijuana trafficking in 2017, and is currently serving a 10-year sentence in Mexico.

Since Guzman’s extradition to the US, the Sinaloa cartel has been dominated by the eldest of his 15 children, known as “Los Chapitos.” In 2019, their turf war with rival drug gang, Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion, became particularly brutal, resulting in more than 2,000 deaths. In October of that year, when Mexican authorities captured Ovidio Guzman Lopez — known as El Raton or “the mouse” — the threat of violence was deemed so high that they let him go.

 
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I doubt it. My guess is that the FBI is floating this to pressure her to testify and put her into the witness protection program, and if she doesn't they're going to release her, and see how long she stays alive with the rumor floated that she rolled on members of the cartel.
 
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My thoughts as well, the cartels will be happy to search for as long as it takes to get even there are cases of them sending guys out just to "hunt" in America with funding for years and years I was just reading about one of these cases on Pocket a while back.
 
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You think it matters what she says? They are innovators of figuring out ways to get drugs into the country and own the Mexican government.
 
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“Lawyer for El Chapo’s wife Emma Coronel Aispuro says leak was ‘designed to kill her family”


The lawyer for El Chapo’s wife on Monday blasted the federal sources who spoke to the media about her alleged cooperation — saying that the leak “was designed to kill her family.”

Jeffrey Lichtman, who represented Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and is now defending his wife Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, was grilled on reports that the one-time beauty queen is preparing to rat out high-ranking members of the Sinaloa cartel, including her own stepsons.

I’m not going to comment on what she is or what she isn’t going to do,” Lichtman on WABC’s “The Other Side of Midnight” program.

But the “planting of the story,” he said, is “absolutely the most despicable thing, probably the worst prosecutorial governmental misconduct I’ve ever experienced in 30 years.”

“And I’ve been involved with fabrication of evidence, destroying evidence, lying to judges, lying to juries by the feds, but to actually put this out there is an attempt to murder her and her family,” he said. “Let’s be clear about this. She’s got two 9-year-old girls that are exposed, obviously, and to put this out there so flippantly is designed to kill them.”

Aispuro and Guzman share 9-year-old twin girls Emali Guadalupe and Maria Joaquina.

A federal law enforcement source told The Post on Saturday that Coronel Aispuro is “definitely cooperating,” adding that she is a likely candidate for witness protection.

Emma wants to get far away from the violence, and has always wanted to live in the US,” the source said. She was born in California and has dual US/Mexican citizenship.

But Lichtman said that “if there was cooperation that was going on or was about to go on, it’s been destroyed.”

“So you’ve got federal agents that don’t care about the fact that they’ve sworn to uphold the law, have violated it and have destroyed any ability to exploit any cooperation by her,” he said.

And if she was not cooperating, the attorney said, this “was clearly designed to force her to cooperate, to put pressure on her, to target her family, to make her think that the only choice she has is to cooperate.”

There’s no question about this that it puts [Coronel Aispuro’s family] in the crosshairs,” he added. “There’s no doubt that it violated the law. There’s no doubt that it obstructs justice. It is 10 times worse than anything Emma is alleged to have done, which is basically act as a secretary for her husband. She was in her 20s at the time.”

Coronel Aispuro is being held in an Alexandria, Virginia jail.

I’m researching right now whether we can even make a motion to dismiss the charges based on [this leak],” Lichtman said. “They’re basically attempting to kill her family. And her, as well.”

The glamorous Coronel Aispuro, fond of flashy designer clothes, was a fixture at her husband’s trial in Brooklyn federal court in 2019.

At the time, The Post exclusively reported that she was under federal investigation for helping to run the cartel that is now spearheaded, the source said, by stepsons Ovidio Guzman Lopez, 30, Ivan Archivaldo Guzman, 37, Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar, 34, and Joaquin Guzman Lopez, whose age is unknown.

 
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I doubt it. My guess is that the FBI is floating this to pressure her to testify and put her into the witness protection program, and if she doesn't they're going to release her, and see how long she stays alive with the rumor floated that she rolled on members of the cartel.
I agree with you TG2. Throw that little info out there and she is a dead woman if she is released and no protection from the feds unless she cooperates. Passive agressive coercion.
 
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at first you’d think this is the Mexican military. it’s not it’s a Mexican drug cartel, CJNG. they’re currently at war with the Sinaloa cartel. unbelievable fire power and equipment. amazing.
It really gives "drug war" a new meaning. And its amazing how far it truly goes. They will cooperate with the Mexican government and our government to destroy a fellow cartel just to eliminate competition. As for her, unless she takes the deal and finds some place so remote that people forget about her (good luck with that) she will be a corpse. Even our government is infiltrated with people on the payroll. They will find her. These folks are ruthless, and very good at what they do. They have money, guns and far reaching influence. It's evident by their ability to infiltrate our country and flood it with drugs let alone illegals.
 
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