Mexican former drug cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s wife pleaded guilty Thursday to U.S. charges after spending time in jail since her February arrest at Virginia’s Dulles International Airport.
Emma Coronel Aispuro (Coronel) went before a federal court in Washington in order to plead guilty to multiple federal charges, according to the Associated Press.
According to the Justice Department, Coronel is charged with “knowingly, intentionally, and willfully” conspiring with others to distribute heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine, “knowing and intending that such substance would be unlawfully imported into the United States.”
NPR reported that investigators also state that she was a main player in Guzmán’s escape from prison in 2015 “when he got out of Altiplano prison via an underground tunnel connecting a hole under his prison cell shower to a nearby warehouse stocked with guns and armored cars. According to court documents, she also tried to organize a second escape after the drug boss was imprisoned a year later.”