The US authorities have decided this Tuesday to keep Emma Coronel, the wife of Mexican drug trafficker Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, in prison without the possibility of bail, while she faces a possible drug trafficking crime that could lead to life imprisonment.
The judge of the District of Columbia Court, Robin Meriweather, has decided to keep Coronel in prison and without bail after accepting the arguments of prosecutor Anthony Nardozzi, who warned of the possibility that the Sinaloa Cartel could help her escape. .
“The defendant worked closely with the Mexican drug trafficking organization known as the Sinaloa Cartel. Her husband, Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, was their leader before being extradited and convicted in the United States,” Nardozzi explained, according to the channel. Univision.
In a hearing held in Washington by videoconference, Meriweather has let Coronel know that if she is found guilty she would face a prison term of no less than ten years and up to life imprisonment, in addition to a fine of ten million. dollars (8.2 million euros).
Emma Coronel, 31, of Mexican and American nationality, was detained Monday at Dulles International Airport, in the state of Virginia, on charges of international drug trafficking, the United States Department of Justice reported.
Coronel is accused of participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamines, heroin and marijuana. She also conspired with third parties to help Guzmán, in his escape on July 11, 2015 from the Altiplano prison, in Almoloya de Juárez, a municipality of the State of Mexico.
‘El Chapo’ has been serving a life sentence in the United States since 2019 in a prison in the state of Colorado, after having been convicted of ten crimes, including drug trafficking and money laundering.