The wife of drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán has been sentenced to nine years in prison for helping to hide him after his 2014 recapture from authorities.
In a previously sealed hearing, Emma Coronel Aispuro pleaded guilty to a US charge of conspiracy to smuggle and export cocaine. Aispuro had already served three years in a Mexican prison and was extradited to the US in October 2016.
The Mexican drug lord, 56, was last week given a 20-year prison sentence in Mexico. The sentence was lighter than the 40 years originally sought by prosecutors.
In sentencing Aispuro in a New York federal court, judge Brian Cogan said that drug traffickers who “disobey federal law, disrespect international borders and exploit vulnerable people, such as children and victims of violence,” deserve long prison terms.
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He said the woman acknowledged helping to hide her husband after his 2014 capture in the Mexican resort of Mazatlan.
Last November, US officials said there would be no appeal of the 20-year sentence.
Aispuro’s defense attorneys have said her criminal activity spanned a 12-year period before she met Guzmán and stopped a “daily violation of the law”.
She is one of the most high-profile and wealthy women to be convicted of a federal drug offence in the US. She is the adopted daughter of Guzmán and Coronel Aispuro, a former beauty queen who married the drug lord in 2007. She testified against him last year.
El Chapo was extradited from Mexico to the US in January 2017. He faces federal drug trafficking and money laundering charges in Chicago and New York, and is also facing charges before the US federal court in Brooklyn.