The wife of imprisoned former Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was released from prison on Wednesday following her 2021 sentencing on drug trafficking charges.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, Emma Coronel Aispuro walked out of the low-security facility in Los Angeles but will remain under 48 months of supervised release.
The 34-year-old Aispuro pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiring to distribute cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana illegally imported into the United States, conspiring to launder drug money from the cartel and engaging in financial dealings with the cartel.
The former beauty queen admitted to acting as a courier between Guzman and other organization members while he was held in Mexico’s Altiplano prison after his 2014 arrest.
Back in 2019, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was convicted of running an industrial-scale smuggling operation. Prosecutors called him a “ruthless and bloodthirsty leader” of the Sinaloa cartel. The 66-year-old was sentenced to life in prison and is incarcerated at the ADX Florence in Colorado – also known as the Alcatraz of the Rockies.
Aispuro was sentenced to three years in prison in November 2021 and included four years of supervised release and a forfeiture of $1.5 million. Because Aispuro had no prior criminal convictions, she was surprisingly able to avoid a minimum 10-year sentence for her crimes.
The Sinaloa cartel is one of the world’s largest drug-trafficking organizations and was run under Guzman’s leadership. The cartel was responsible for multiple murders and smuggling tons of cocaine and other drugs into the United States during Guzman’s 25-year reign.
During her sentencing, Aispuro expressed deep remorse for her involvement with Guzman and the Sinaloa Cartel and the harm she may have caused.