El Chapo’s wife sentenced on federal drug trafficking charges

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Emma Coronel Espuro, 31, pleaded guilty to the charges on June 10, and will already be receiving credit for the service.

Judge Rudolph Contreras also imposed a special assessment fine of $300 for each of the three counts in which he pleaded guilty.

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Coronel addressed the court before knowing his fate and expressed deep regret for his involvement with Guzmán and the Sinaloa Cartel and for the harm caused to the citizens of America. She acknowledged that it would be difficult for the judge to ignore the fact that she is Guzmán’s wife and that he may feel obligated to impose a harsher sentence.

She said she accepted full responsibility and begged the judge to consider her 9-year-old twins, who would already be forced to grow up with one parent, when their sentencing would be carried out.

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Coronel’s attorney, Jeffrey Lichtman, also asked the judge to consider the threat he could face in custody due to anonymous federal sources cited in news coverage after his arrest, claiming that he was fighting against other cartel members in the U.S. Lichtman said they were cooperating with the government. clearly false. She said she would never be able to return to Mexico as she would become a target of the cartel.

Prosecutors had sought 48 months in prison after considering a number of factors, which was less than the sentencing guideline minimum of 9 months, 5 years of supervised release, and $1.5 million in forfeiture, in which they would deny his role in the conspiracy. Believe in minimum and support. Her husband, that she relinquished full responsibility immediately after her arrest, saved government time and resources in preparation for trial, and has no prior criminal record.

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Lichtman argued that the service she has already served has been harsh due to COVID restrictions and being in lockdown 22 hours a day for her safety. The judge said he considered those situations, but added that they could not improve because of Covid.

The judge went down the recommendation made by prosecutors because she considered not only those factors, but also that she met Guzmán when she was 17, and married him when she was 18.

Coronel was not handcuffed at the hearing, wearing a facemask and without makeup, a notable change from when she appeared in her husband’s court.

At the end of the hearing the judge told Coronel, “Good luck. Hope you raise your twins in a different environment than what you’ve experienced to date. Good luck.”

The judge will recommend where she will devote her time. The defense asked if it was possible for her to be imprisoned near Los Angeles where she lives with her daughters.

Coronel, a dual US-Mexican citizen, was arrested He was detained for further trial at Dulles International Airport in February.

He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine for import into the US; conspiracy to rob monetary instruments; and violates the Kingpin Act by engaging in dealings and dealings in the estate of her husband, a significant foreign drug trafficker designated by the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.

After the hearing, Lichtman said the sentence reflected his client’s involvement.

“Her role was just to be the wife, that was her role,” Lichtman said.

“The guidelines show someone who is involved in a much bigger conspiracy, of which they are a very small person and that shows the facts. That’s what the judge saw. That’s what the government saw. That’s what we’ve been saying from the beginning. Hence the guidelines. The less they were, the less they were.”

Guzmán was sentenced in 2019 to 30 years in prison for a continuing criminal enterprise as well as drug trafficking and firearms charges as the leader of the killer Sinaloa cartel. He is currently lodged in a Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado.

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