Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of the notorious head of the Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was arrested at Dulles International Airport on Monday on international drug trafficking charges, the Justice Department announced.
Aispuro, 31, is charged with “participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana for importation into the U.S.,” according to DOJ officials. Her husband’s arrest and conviction didn’t end Sinaloa’s drug trade but flourished under her watchful eyes, as she traveled in and out of the United States on numerous occasions until the DOJ was able to build a case against her.
Former head of DEA’s Special Operations Division Derek Maltz, who was part of the hunt for “El Chapo,” told this reporter Tuesday, that she will be brought to justice, “just like ‘Chapo.'”
“We must hold all cartel members responsible for the death and destruction of record numbers of Americans and families. El Chapo’s wife conspired with others in the Sinaloa cartel to dump poisonous drugs into America,” Maltz said. “She walked across the porous border to L.A. where she had twins and then returned to the cartel business.”
He continued, “She won’t be able to blow kisses to ‘Chapo’ like she did in the Brooklyn court room during the trial. I am pleased to see she will be held accountable and her modeling career won’t be very productive from a U.S. prison.”
Aispuro is also alleged to have assisted Guzman with his July 11, 2015 escape from a Mexican prison and had an alleged role in another subsequent escape plan after he was re-arrested in January 2016.
Guzman was extradited to the U.S. in January 2017 and convicted in 2019 for his role as the head of the Sinaloa cartel.
“She, along with all the members of the cartels in Mexico are responsible for the death and destruction of so many Americans and it’s about time. I applaud the efforts of law enforcement who worked together and pursued the investigation against ‘Chapo,'” Maltz said.
“Law enforcement is relentless and will continue to pursue all these cartel members who are killing Americans at unprecedented levels. Last year, we had statistics reported through May of 2020 that there were 81,000 Americans who died, according to the CDC. This is a record level of death from drug overdoses. The Sinaloa cartel and conspirators like ‘El Chapo’s’ wife have been very responsible.”
“American law enforcement will continue to hold all of those cartel members responsible around the world who are everyday killing Americans at unprecedented levels,” Maltz concluded.
Aispuro will be making a video conference appearance at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday.