According to a Justice Department statement, the defendant is scheduled to appear tomorrow, Tuesday, by videoconference before a federal court in the U.S. capital, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Coronel is charged with one count of participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana for importation into the United States.
Informa @TheJusticeDept sobre la detención de Emma Coronel en Virgina, Estados Unidos. Coronel, esposa de Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, es acusada por delitos vinculados al tráfico internacional de drogas pic.twitter.com/Dg7BdSOQLB
"TheJusticeDept reports on the arrest of Emma Coronel in Virginia, United States. Coronel, the wife of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, is charged with crimes related to international drug trafficking."
She is linked in a conspiracy to aid her husband's escape from Altiplano prison on July 11, 2015, and of planning another getaway after El Chapo's capture before he was extradited to the United States.
According to prosecution documents filed in federal court, the arrest warrant was signed by a judge on February 17. The case was reportedly sealed to avoid alerting Coronel that she would be arrested.
Guzman Loera was convicted in federal court in Brooklyn in July 2019 for his activities as the Sinaloa Cartel leader and is serving a life sentence. His wife was present for part of that trial.
El Chapo is being taken to an unknown location. Is it possible he will be extradited to the US? What do you think? pic.twitter.com/os3jDYhZl8