Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, has been released from a US prison after serving nearly two years for drug trafficking and money laundering charges, a prison official said Wednesday.
Coronel was sentenced to three years in prison in November 2021 after pleading guilty to charges related to her husband’s narcotics empire. Her sentence also included four years of supervised release and a forfeiture of $1.5 million.
“We can confirm Emma Coronel Aispuro released from the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP) today, September 13, 2023,” spokesperson Randilee Giamusso told CNN in an email.
“For privacy, safety, and security, the FBOP does not provide additional information on those who are no longer in our custody,” she added.
Coronel had been held at a residential reentry management facility in Long Beach, California, according to the prison bureau’s inmate locator.
During her sentencing, Coronel, a dual US-Mexican citizen, expressed deep remorse for her involvement with Guzman and the Sinaloa Cartel and the harm she may have caused.
Guzman, who twice escaped from prison in Mexico, is serving a life sentence at Colorado’s Supermax prison after he was convicted in 2019 of engaging in a criminal enterprise, drug trafficking and firearms charges.
Prosecutors called him a “ruthless and bloodthirsty leader” of the Sinaloa cartel.
Members of the cartel, which is still in operation, were sanctioned by the Biden administration in February for their involvement in the illegal and deadly fentanyl and methamphetamine trade, US officials said.