News – PH – ‘Like a soap opera’: The glamorous life of El Chapo’s imprisoned wife

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MEXICO CITY – The arrest of Emma Coronel Aispuro, a former beauty queen and wife of jailed drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman follows a telenovela-style life that spanned violent Mexican cartels, fame and motherhood extends

Coronel, 31, married young in shame and had a front row seat in Guzman’s high-stakes cat-and-mouse game with Mexican and American agents chasing him

Coronel, a US-Mexican dual national, was arrested Monday at Dulles International Airport and is due to appear in a US court in Columbia on Tuesday charged with distributing cocaine, heroin and other drugs

Coronel caught the attention of Guzman, who is more than three decades older than her when she was a teenage beauty queen

They married after they turned 18 He was born in 2007 and had twin daughters They spent their entire married life with Guzman either in prison or on the run as the leader of the powerful Sinaloa cartel Guzman is serving a life sentence in a US prison

Coronel’s fame rose during Guzman’s 2019 trial in New York, where she became a media sensation with her designer outfits and the loyalty she showed to her husband – even as prosecutors detailed how he did a number of lovers held

She even became a key figure in the court drama when a former lieutenant of Guzman’s alleged coronel played a pivotal role in her husband’s escape from Hollywood from prison in a mile-long tunnel dug under the shower in his prison cell in 2015

Piggybacking on her husband’s fame and trying to capitalize on her notoriety outside of Mexico, Coronel started a clothing brand in the US in 2019 and even appeared on a US reality show about mafia families

“I consider myself a normal woman,” Coronel said on VH1’s Cartel Crew Show, speaking on board a yacht

In media interviews, Coronel stressed her continued loyalty to Guzman and her focus on raising her twin daughters

Coronel was rooted in the narco tradition from a young age and grew up in the mountains of Durango, part of Mexico’s “Golden Triangle” of drug trafficking states, which includes Sinaloa. Her father was arrested for drug trafficking in 2017 / p>

Coronel made headlines for the first time in Mexico after her church wedding in 2007 in rural Durango with Guzman, who was on the run from the authorities at the time

Coronel would be by Guzman’s side in multiple near misses when Mexican police and US agents chased him

At Guzman’s trial, his former right-wing man, Damaso Lopez Nuñez, testified how Coronel, along with Guzman’s sons, helped orchestrate the 2015 bold escape from prison

They were given a plot of land near the prison, arranged weapons, brought an armored truck and even had a GPS watch smuggled into Guzman’s cell so that the tunnel engineers said they had exact coordinates of the prison cells to help dig. p>

At Guzman’s trial, whenever he entered the courtroom, he would go to Coronel and wave. They couldn’t speak to each other, but their looks caught media attention

“It was like a love story in complete silence because she was not allowed to say anything,” said Miguel Angel Vega, a journalist from the Riodoce newspaper in Sinaloa, who covered the trial

“It’s pretty interesting to see what happens in this new case,” Vega said, “It’s like a soap opera”

(Additional reporting by Frank Jack Daniel and Laura Gottesdiener; writing by Drazen Jorgic editing by Robert Birsel)

Joaquín Guzmán, Emma Coronel Aispuro

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