U.S. law enforcement officials tonight closed the investigation file against Emma Coronel, the spouse of drug dealer and head of the Sinaloa cartel, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, after sentencing her to prison. The 32-year-old Mexican-American was sentenced tonight to three years in prison and another five years of probation as part of a plea deal in which she pleaded guilty to a series of offenses.
As a reminder, Coronel was arrested last February at the Dallas International Airport, and months later she accepted the plea deal offered to her and admitted to distributing drugs, money laundering conspiracy and contacts with the criminal organization known as the Sinaloa Cartel.
Prosecutor Anthony Narducci referred to the verdict in a conversation with local reporters and said that this is a very important conviction, although it is not a significant factor within the cruel drug cartel. “The defendant’s primary role in the crime organization was to support her husband,” the attorney noted. “The defendant was not an operator, leader, boss or engaged in any other managerial role. In fact, she was a small screw in a very large wheel that drove a criminal organization.”
Coronel was born in California to Ines Coronel Brers, a senior at the Sinaloa cartel, and she met her husband, who is 30 years older than her, after competing in a local beauty pageant when she was 18. Over the years the two gave birth to two twin girls whom she raised most of the time alone.
Jeffrey Lichtman, Coronel’s lawyer who also represented her husband at his trial, responded to the confession of his client’s guilt as early as June and said his client wants to put this chapter of her life behind her. “This is a very unfair plea deal, and despite that, it is taking responsibility without any problem,” the defense attorney added. “She wants to move on with her life to pay her debt to society and return to her daughters.”
Coronel’s sentence comes after the sentence of her husband, the head of the infamous cartel who was sentenced two years ago to want a life sentence and another 30 years after being convicted of distributing hundreds of tons of dangerous drugs, money laundering and other offenses.