El Chapo's wife Emma Coronel to serve 3-year sentence in minimum-security prison after pleading guilty to drug charges

EMMA Coronel Aispuro, wife of drug trafficker Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, has been transferred to a minimum-security federal prison to continue serving her three-year sentence.

Coronel will be sent to Forth Worth, Texas for the remainder of her sentence for drug trafficking and money laundering.

The beauty queen was sentenced back in November to three years in prison and agreed to forfeit nearly $1.5million.

During her sentencing, she asked the judge for forgiveness, adding that she didn’t want her daughters to grow up without either of their parents.

"My daughters are the most important motive for which I accept my mistakes and I ask for forgiveness for them," the beauty queen said in Spanish.

"I don't want my daughters to grow up without their mother," Coronel told the judge.

In his final words to Coronel, Judge Rudolph Contreras told her: "I hope you raise your twins in a different environment than you’ve experienced to date. Good luck."

Coronel was also sentenced to four years supervised release.

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Her three-year sentence was a year less than what the prosecution had asked Judge Contreras.

Coronel, 32, pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiring to distribute illegal drugs in June 2021.

The narco queen pleaded guilty to knowingly and willfully conspiring to distribute heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine for a period of at least six years.

She also pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering and one count of engaging in transactions with a foreign narcotics trafficker.

As part of her plea agreement, she additionally admitted to conspiring to help her husband escape from a Mexican prison in 2015.

Before entering her plea, prosecutor Anthony Nardozzi told Judge Contreras that if the case went to trial, "the government would prove each of the three counts in the information by a variety of means.

"Those would include witness testimony, evidence generated by law enforcement investigation, and other means," he said.

With her face covered by a white facemask, the former beauty queen didn't reportedly show any obvious emotions throughout the hearing.

Coronel confirmed for the judge that she understood the charges and the repercussions of her guilty plea.

“Everything is clear,” she told the judge in Spanish before her interpreter relayed the message in English.


Coronel was arrested in February 2021 at Dulles International Airport in Virginia, following a two-year investigation.

Investigators say she helped her husband – real name Joaquin Guzman – relay messages from 2012 to early 2014 about his drug trafficking operations to smugglers within the Sinaloa cartel.

She allegedly continued to deliver messages while visiting El Chapo in a Mexican prison after his arrest in February 2014.

The FBI in court documents said US-born Coronel and members of her family were deeply involved in the cartel's trafficking activities.

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