According to sources, Emma Coronel Aispuro is scheduled to plead guilty to allegations of overseeing her husband El Chapo’s vast drug enterprise.
The New York Times reported that Ms. Coronel, 32, will enter the plea on Thursday in a Federal District Court in Washington.
The US-born beauty queen is charged with international drug trafficking for allegedly conspiring to distribute substances such as cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana in the United States.
She’s also accused of assisting in the plotting of her husband’s 2015 escape from a Mexican prison, as well as assisting in the plotting of another jailbreak after he was apprehended in 2016.
The Times said that the plea arrangement did not require Ms. Aispuro to turn on her husband, Joaqun Guzmán Loera’s allies, relatives, or business colleagues, citing a source familiar with the matter.
In exchange for pleading guilty, she will be labeled a “minimal participant” and receive a sentence that is less severe than the initial conspiracy indictment’s maximum of 10 years to life in prison.
When Ms. Aispuro was apprehended in February, the Justice Department indictment provided a rare look into how the dual US-Mexican citizen got into Guzman’s world.
Before being convicted and sentenced to life in jail in 2019, Mr. Guzman was the boss of the deadly Sinaloa drug gang. Ms. Aispuro escaped from the 11-week trial in Brooklyn into a life of luxury and excess, while her husband remained imprisoned in a Colorado Supermax jail.
She had planned to create a clothing brand named after El Chapo after appearing on VH1’s reality show Cartel Crew.”
Despite Guzman’s life sentence, the US Drug Enforcement Administration declared in March that “the Sinaloa Cartel maintains the broadest national impact” in the US.
Given her father’s “historical association” with Guzman, Ms. Aispuro grew up with knowledge of the narcotics trafficking sector and understood the scale of the cartel’s operation, according to the indictment.