According to prison records, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, is scheduled to be released from a halfway house in California on Wednesday. She had been sentenced in November 2021 to 36 months in federal prison for her involvement in running the Mexican drug cartel led by her husband.
Aispuro pleaded guilty to charges of money laundering and conspiring to distribute cocaine, meth, heroin, and marijuana for import into the United States. Additionally, she was ordered to pay nearly $1.5 million in fines.
Aispuro had been transferred from a federal prison in Texas to a halfway house in Long Beach, California, in June in preparation for her release.
The Bureau of Prisons typically moves well-behaved inmates to halfway houses up to six months before their scheduled release.
Her arrest occurred in February 2021 at Dulles International Airport, just outside Washington, D.C., and she was subsequently convicted of drug trafficking and money laundering charges by a jury in the nation’s capital later that year. During her sentencing, Aispuro, speaking through an interpreter, pleaded for forgiveness and promised to instill moral values in her daughters, asking not to let them grow up without a mother.
Aispuro was also accused of conspiring with others to aid her husband’s escape from Altiplano prison in July 2015, and prosecutors alleged that she was involved in planning another prison escape for the drug kingpin before his extradition to the United States in January 2017.
In February 2019, Guzman was found guilty of running a large-scale drug trafficking operation as the leader of the Sinaloa cartel, one of the world’s largest, most profitable, and ruthless drug smuggling organizations. He received a life sentence and has since attempted to appeal his conviction.