Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, is set to be released from a California halfway house on Wednesday, as per prison records. Aispuro had been sentenced in November 2021 to a 36-month federal prison term after pleading guilty to money laundering and conspiring to distribute various illicit substances, including cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana, destined for the United States. Additionally, she was ordered to pay nearly $1.5 million in fines.
Aispuro was transferred from a federal prison in Texas to a Long Beach halfway house in June, adhering to standard procedures for inmates with good behavior, typically occurring up to six months prior to their release, as outlined by a Bureau of Prisons official.
Her arrest took place in February 2021 at Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C., leading to her conviction on drug trafficking and money laundering charges later that year.
At her sentencing, Aispuro, speaking through an interpreter, sought forgiveness and pledged to instill moral values in her daughters, emphasizing the importance of their mother’s presence in their lives.
Aispuro had also faced allegations of assisting her husband in his escape from Altiplano prison in July 2015 and planning another prison break for Guzman before his extradition to the U.S. in January 2017.
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, infamous for running the Sinaloa cartel, one of the world’s largest and most ruthless drug smuggling organizations, was convicted in February 2019 and sentenced to life in prison. He has since pursued appeals to challenge his conviction.