Friday, June 18

Emma Coronel: what does it mean that “El Chapo’s” wife pleads guilty to drug trafficking and avoids going to trial like her husband

  • Gerardo Lissardy
  • BBC News World, New York

Emma Coronel

Image source, Getty Images


Emma Coronel accepted guilt for the three charges she faced in the United States.

“Guilty,” said Emma Coronel when a judge from the United States asked her how she declared herself before the charges she faced for helping her husband, the Mexican Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, in his activities as a drug lord.

Colonel’s admission of guilt this Thursday before a federal court in Washington DC seals the fall from grace of this 31-year-old former beauty queen who lived in the bowels of a gigantic international drug cartel.

His sentence is scheduled to be announced on September 15 and he will remain in prison until then.

Only the first of three charges against him for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, heroin and other drugs to the United States can carry a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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