Former beauty queen Emma Coronel Aispuro faces a string of charges, with prosecutors claiming she helped run a multibillion dollar drug empire while her husband was in jail.
The 31-year-old wife of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was arrested yesterday at Dulles International Airport.
In a hearing today, prosecutors claimed Coronel "worked closely with the command and control structure of the Mexican drug trafficking organization known as the Sinaloa cartel".
Prosecutor Anthony Nardozzi continued: "The defendant has access to criminal associates who are
members of the Sinaloa cartel, as well as financial means to generate a serious risk of flight."
Coronel is being held at an Alexandria, Virginia, jail and her lawyers are expected to apply for bail.
She has not yet entered a plea.
Coronel, a dual US-Mexico citizen, met "El Chapo" when she was a young beauty queen, and married him in 2007 at the age of 18.
In 2019, Coronel launched a clothing brand in the United States and she also appeared in a U.S. reality show about mafia families.
Prosecutors said Coronel grew up understanding the drug business and the reach of the Sinaloa cartel .
Authorities said Coronel relayed messages to help Guzman conduct drug trafficking from 2012 to early 2014, and continued delivering messages while visiting him in a Mexican prison following his February 2014 arrest.
She also began plotting another escape following his January 2016 capture by Mexican authorities, it is claimed.
"El Chapo", 63, was convicted in February 2019 in a high-profile Brooklyn trial for trafficking tons of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine into the US over two decades.
He was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years, and locked up in the federal Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado.
Coronel was a regular presence at her husband's trial.
Coronel was charged with conspiring with her husband to distribute heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine for unlawful importation into the United States.
If convicted on all charges, Coronel faces up to life in prison and a potential $10 million fine.Follow the Official Rokna NEWS Telegram Channel For More and fresh NEWS.