El Chapo’s Wife Regains Freedom After Serving Two-year Sentence for Drug Crimes


Emma Coronel Aispuro, the spouse of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, has regained her freedom from a US correctional institution. Having served close to two years for charges of drug trafficking and money laundering, her release was confirmed on Wednesday by a prison official.

Sentenced in November 2021, Aispuro faced the judiciary for her connection to her husband’s narcotics empire, which resulted in a three-year prison term. The particulars of her sentencing were not just confined to time behind bars; they also encompassed four years of supervised release and a monetary loss of $1.5 million in forfeiture.

An official spokesperson of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP) declared on September 13, 2023, that Aispuro had been granted her release, but declined to provide any additional information citing privacy, safety, and security reasons for those no longer in their custody.

Aispuro, carrying dual citizenship of the United States and Mexico, was incarcerated at a residential reentry management facility situated in Long Beach, California, according to the records of the prison bureau’s inmate locator.

At the time of her sentencing, Aispuro expressed profound regret for her affiliations with Guzman and the notorious Sinaloa Cartel, acknowledging the potential harm she may have inflicted.

Guzman, infamous for breaking out of prison in Mexico twice, is currently serving a life sentence at Colorado’s Supermax prison following his 2019 conviction on counts of engaging in criminal enterprise, drug trafficking, and firearms charges.

Prosecutors painted an image of a “ruthless and bloodthirsty leader” while referring to Guzman’s reign over the Sinaloa cartel. The cartel, still in operation, faces sanctions imposed by the Biden administration in February due to its role in the illegal and fatal fentanyl and methamphetamine trade, as per U.S. officials.


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