- US authorities have been investigating El Chapo’s wife.
- She’s likely to reveal Sinaloa Cartel secrets.
- “Emma wants to get far away from the violence, and has always wanted to live in the US. Her number one priority is to protect her kids and remain in the US.”
Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of incarcerated drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman has been arrested by US authorities following federal investigations into her involvement in drug trafficking schemes. According to the filed indictment, she is also alleged to have also taken part in the planning of her husband’s escape from Altiplano prison in 2015.
He escaped to freedom via a tunnel that ran from his cell and out into a building situated close to the prison. Investigations revealed that his sons, who currently run the Sinaloa Cartel, planned the whole thing. Prison officials are also suspected to have colluded in the plot.
According to a federal official with insider knowledge on Emma Coronel’s arrest, she is cooperating with the authorities. This development is bound to affect the Sinaloa Cartel.
If it is true that she got involved in some of the cartel’s operations, a lot of trafficking activity is about to be disrupted in the United States. According to the anonymous federal official, there is little motivation for her to keep cartel secrets.
This is because she has in the past been betrayed by her husband, a revelation that came to light during El Chapo’s trial. One of his mistresses confessed to escaping with him via a tunnel in the middle of the night following a sting operation by the authorities. Emma is reported to have been furious about this betrayal.
How Emma Coronel Became a Celebrity
While wives and spouses of cartel heads choose to keep a low profile during their trial, Emma was lauded for attending court trials in a show of support for her husband. This is despite the publicity that came with doing this. Remarkably, she’s been able to garner over 600k followers on Instagram despite posting only 5 pictures.
Since the trial, she has used her newfound popularity to start a fashion line dubbed ‘El Chapo’ which bears his signature.
There have been concerns, especially from her mother about her well being because of her current celebrity status. This is because she’s likely to be targeted for being the wife of Guzman by rival cartels. Of course, the authorities have also been interested in her due to the amount of information that she could give them concerning the Sinaloa Cartel operations.
Currently under temporary detention, she is also a candidate for the witness protection program if she rats out on the Sinaloa syndicate and needs to stay out of the limelight.
According to a source who spoke to the Post, “Emma wants to get far away from the violence, and has always wanted to live in the US. Her number one priority is to protect her kids and remain in the US.”
That said, her confession and revelation of Sinaloa Cartel secrets is unlikely to disrupt its operations for long. This is because the organization has weathered its fair share of storms and confessions in the past with little effect.
In a nutshell, El Chapo’s incarceration and subsequent extradition to the US will remain to be the biggest blow that the cartel has ever experienced, for a long time.