El Chapo’s wife was arrested on drug trafficking charges in United States

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Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of famous drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, was arrested on Monday on drug trafficking charges, the US Department of Justice said.

Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, is surrounded by security as she arrives at … [+] federal court on July 17, 2019 in New York City.

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US law enforcement officers arrested Aispuro, 31, who has dual US-Mexican citizenship, at Dulles International Airport in Virginia.

Prosecutors say Aispuro conspired to distribute methamphetamines, cocaine, marijuana and heroin in the United States, and helped her husband escape in 2015. from a prison in Mexico through an underground tunnel.

Guzmán was arrested again in 2016 and extradited to the United States, where he is serving a life sentence in a supermax facility in Colorado.

Aispuro had previously denied participating in illegal activities and supported Guzmán during the trial even though his mistresses testified against him.

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Aispuro met Guzmán when he was 17. At a party celebrating the …

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