The 31-year-old was arrested on Monday at the airport in the US capital Washington and will appear there on Tuesday via video link in court, as the US Department of Justice announced.
The period of time was not initially communicated. She is also said to have helped Guzmán escape from a Mexican prison in 2015 and later, before Guzmán was extradited to the USA in January 2017, planned another prison escape.
Spectator at the trial against her husband
“El Chapo”, leader of the powerful Sinaloa cartel in Mexico for 25 years, is sitting in a maximum security prison in the US state of Colorado. A court in New York had sentenced him to life imprisonment plus 30 years in July 2019 – Coronel was among the spectators in the courtroom at the time.
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A jury found the now 63-year-old Guzmán guilty of all ten charges in one of the largest drug trials in American history – including involvement in a criminal organization, the production and international distribution of cocaine and heroin, as well as money laundering and the use of firearms.
“El Chapo” was extradited to the USA in 2017 by the Mexican authorities. In July 2019, he was sentenced to life imprisonment for drug trafficking, money laundering and other offenses. Guzmán is in a maximum security prison in the mountainous desert of the state of Colorado.
“Sometimes you just want to do what other people do”
Coronel is the mother of twins who stem from her relationship with Guzmán. She has both Mexican and US citizenship.
A few months after her husband’s conviction, Coronel appeared on a reality series on US broadcaster VH1. In an episode filmed on board a luxury yacht near Miami, Florida, she said she would like to lead a normal life and build her own fashion brand. “Sometimes you just want to do what other people do,” she said as she sipped from her champagne glass. (SDA / AFP)
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