Emma Coronel Aispuro

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Emma Coronel Aispuro
Born (1989-07-02) July 2, 1989 (age 32)
OccupationBeauty pageant contestant
(m. 2007)
Parent(s)Inés Coronel Barreras
RelativesIgnacio Coronel Villarreal

Emma Modesta Coronel Aispuro[1] (Spanish: [ˈema moˈðest̪a koɾoˈnel ajsˈpuɾo]; born July 2, 1989) is an American former teenage beauty queen. She is known for being the wife of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, considered Mexico's most-wanted drug lord until he was imprisoned for life. In February 2021 she was arrested in the United States on charges of conspiracy to unlawfully import and distribute illegal drugs, money laundering, and transacting business with a significant foreign narcotics trafficker designated under the Kingpin Act. In November 2021, Coronel was sentenced to three years in prison.

Early life[edit]

Emma Modesta Coronel was born July 2, 1989,[1] near San Francisco, California, US,[2] to Blanca Estela Aispuro Aispuro and Inés Coronel Barreras, a cattle rancher[3] and deputy of Guzmán who was sanctioned by the United States Department of the Treasury under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin designation.[4] She grew up in the remote Durango village of La Angostura.[5]

Coronel entered the 2007 Coffee and Guava Festival beauty pageant in Canelas, Durango, Mexico.[5] Each contestant was required to host a party in honor of her candidacy; Coronel held hers on Three Kings Day. In this event, Coronel reportedly met Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, who traveled to Canelas to meet her. Both of them reportedly agreed to marry that day.[a][7]

Arrest, incarceration, plea deal and prison sentence[edit]

Coronel was arrested at Dulles International Airport on February 22, 2021. The Federal Bureau of Investigation's arrest warrant stated their probable cause included evidence of Coronel shuttling messages from Guzman to Sinaloa Cartel associates, assisting Guzman's escape from Federal Social Readaptation Center No. 1 "Altiplano" in 2015 through bribery and, following his recapture, and helping coordinate another escape attempt aborted following Guzman's extradition. The affidavit cited a handwritten letter written and signed by Guzman, as well as the statements of two unnamed cooperating witnesses who had worked with Guzman. [UvC 1][8][9]

Sources who spoke to Vice News on the condition of anonymity claimed that Coronel voluntarily surrendered and was seeking a court settlement. A lawyer representing Guzman and Coronel, Jeffrey Lichtman, denied it. The Department of Justice declined to comment, as did a spokesperson for the FBI.[10]

On May 14, 2021, El Pais reported Coronel's lawyer Mariel Colón denounced her conditions in Alexandria City Jail, saying she spent 22 hours per day in a small cell with nothing to do but read.[11]

On June 10, 2021 the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia and Coronel Aispuro agreed to a plea deal, in which she waived indictment and plead guilty in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to a felony criminal information with three counts:

On November 30, 2021 Judge Rudolph Contreras of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia sentenced Coronel to three years in prison, followed by four years of supervised release.[UvC 1][UvC 5][13][14] Judge Contreras did not sentence Coronel to the four years requested by prosecutors, noting that she was a teenager when she married Guzman and admitted her guilt upon capture.[15] She is serving her sentence in Federal Medical Center, Carswell.[16]

Personal life[edit]

In the summer of 2011, Coronel traveled to Lancaster, California, to give birth to twin girls at Antelope Valley Hospital. Guzmán's name was left off the children's birth certificates because the U.S. Department of State was offering a bounty of five million dollars for his capture.[5]

In a 2016 Telemundo interview conducted by investigative reporter Anabel Hernández, Coronel argued that the life of her husband was in danger and begged for justice on his behalf.[17][18] In 2019, she attended the New York trial of El Chapo with her children.[11] She attended courtroom almost every day of the trial, in what the press described as solidarity with her husband.[19] She was interviewed in the reality show Cartel Crew on VH1.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ In an interview conducted by the Mexican magazine Proceso in 2010, Guzmán's associate Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada claimed that Guzmán never married Coronel.[6]


  1. ^ a b Frieden, Terry; Martinez, Michael (September 29, 2011). "Mexican cartel leader's wife gives birth in U.S., official says". CNN. Archived from the original on September 29, 2011. Retrieved April 3, 2022.
  2. ^ "6 Facts You Didn't Know About El Chapo's Beauty Queen Wife". www.latina.com. Archived from the original on September 13, 2017. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
  3. ^ "PHOTOS: Emma Coronel Guzman- Joaquin El Chapo Guzman's Wife (Bio, Wiki)". DailyEntertainmentNews.com. February 24, 2014. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
  4. ^ "Treasury Targets Leading Figures of Sinaloa Cartel". www.treasury.gov. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c Daly, Michael (February 26, 2014). "Drug Cartel Beauty Queens Face an Ugly End". The Daily Beast. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
  6. ^ Scherer García, Julio (April 3, 2010). "Proceso en la guarida de 'El Mayo' Zambada". Proceso (in Spanish).
  7. ^ Dávila, Patricia (February 22, 2014). "Cuando El Chapo se casó con Emma". Proceso (in Spanish).
  8. ^ Slisco, Aliya (February 22, 2021). "El Chapo's Wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, Arrested in Virginia on Drug Trafficking Charges". Newsweek. Retrieved February 22, 2021.
  9. ^ Agren, David (February 23, 2021). "Emma Coronel, wife of El Chapo, arrested on drug trafficking charges". The Guardian. Mexico City, Mexico. Archived from the original on February 23, 2021. Retrieved February 23, 2021.
  10. ^ Hamilton, Keegan (November 30, 2021). "El Chapo's Wife Emma Coronel Turned Herself In". Vice News. Archived from the original on November 30, 2021. Retrieved April 3, 2022.
  11. ^ a b c Varela, Micaela (May 14, 2021), Emma Coronel: How the 'Kardashian of Sinaloa' went from influencer to prisoner, Mexico: El Pais, p. 1, retrieved June 5, 2021
  12. ^ Mark, Michelle. "The wife of 'El Chapo,' Emma Coronel Aispuro, pleaded guilty to helping run his multi-billion dollar drug empire". Insider.
  13. ^ Lynch, Sarah N. (November 30, 2021). "U.S. judge sentences wife of Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' to three years in prison" – via www.reuters.com.
  14. ^ Hamilton, Keegan. "El Chapo's Wife Emma Coronel Was Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison". Vice News. Archived from the original on November 30, 2021. Retrieved April 3, 2022.
  15. ^ Montiel, Jorge. "Emma Coronel, wife of 'El Chapo' Guzmán, sentenced to three years in prison". ADN America.
  16. ^ Tallet, Olivia P. (February 22, 2022). "El Chapo's wife Emma Coronel Aispuro transferred to Texas prison". houstonchronicle.com. Houston Chronicle. Archived from the original on February 22, 2022. Retrieved April 3, 2022.
  17. ^ Larimer, Sarah (February 22, 2016). "The glamorous wife of El Chapo' explains why you should feel sorry for the drug lord". Washington Post.
  18. ^ Hernández, Anabel (February 21, 2016). "Murder, torture, drugs: Cartel kingpin's wife says that's not the 'El Chapo' she knows". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  19. ^ Emma Coronel Aispuro: The rise and fall of a drug kingpin's wife, Britain: BBC, June 2, 2021, p. 1, retrieved June 5, 2021

References: United States v. Coronel Aispuro[edit]

  1. ^ a b Affidavit Of Special Agent Eric S. Mcguire In Support Of An Application For A Criminal Complaint And Arrest Warrant (PDF) (Court Filing), vol. No. 1:21-cr-00255, D.D.C., February 17, 2021, retrieved April 3, 2022 – via Recap
  2. ^ INFORMATION as to EMMA CORONEL AISPURO (1) count(s) 1, 2, 3. (PDF) (Court Filing), vol. No. 1:21-cr-00255, D.D.C., March 26, 2021, retrieved April 3, 2022 – via Recap
  3. ^ PLEA AGREEMENT as to EMMA CORONEL AISPURO (PDF) (Court Filing), vol. No. 1:21-cr-00255, D.D.C., June 10, 2021, retrieved April 3, 2022 – via Recap
  4. ^ Statement of Facts in Support of Plea Agreement (PDF) (Court Filing), vol. No. 1:21-cr-00255, D.D.C., June 10, 2021, retrieved April 3, 2022 – via Recap
  5. ^ Judgment (PDF) (Court Filing), vol. No. 1:21-cr-00255, D.D.C., December 2, 2021, retrieved April 3, 2022 – via Recap