Wife Of Drug Lord El Chapo Arrested On Drug Trafficking Charges
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The wife of drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman has been arrested on drug trafficking charges.
Emma Coronel Aispuro was stopped at Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia and is due to appear in federal court in Washington on Tuesday (February 23).
The US Justice Department has revealed the 31-year-old has been charged with one count of conspiring to distribute heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamines for unlawful importation into the United States.
According to NBC, Aispuro has previously been accused of helping others to get El Chapo out of a Mexican prison in 2015.
Authorities said she was 'engaged in planning yet another prison escape' a year after the drug lord escaped before he was again taken into custody.
Guzman was eventually extradited to American soil in 2017 ahead a highly publicised trial.
Two years ago, El Chapo was sentenced to life behind bars for crimes that spanned a quarter of a century.
He was indicted on charges relating to trafficking hundreds of tonnes of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines and marijuana to the United States, along with money laundering and weapons-related offences.
The former leader of the Sinaloa organisation, Guzmán was once one of the richest people in the world, and was listed on Forbes' rich list of the globe's most affluent billionaires in 2009.
While he is known for his high-profile drug empire, he also got a name for himself for his prison breaks.
In 2001, he broke out by hiding in a laundry cart, and spent the next 13 years in and around Sinaloa in hiding.
After being recaptured in 2014, he escaped once again in July 2015 through a mile-long tunnel that took him out of maximum-security Altiplano prison.
A GPS watch had been smuggled through to Guzmán's cell and his sons bought a property on the periphery of the prison. From this point, diggers crafted a tunnel to his cell and he escaped using an adapted motorcycle.
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