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This is how Emma Coronel helped ‘Los Chapitos’ in the escape of Chapo Guzmán


Emma Coronel's relationship with her stepchildren has been full of chiaroscuros (Infobae México / Jovany Pérez)
Emma Coronel’s relationship with her stepchildren has been full of chiaroscuros (Infobae México / Jovany Pérez)

“Not a single shot,” boasted the then Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), Jesús Murillo Karam, when confirming the recapture of Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán in Mazatlán, Sinaloa. It was February 24, 2014, 13 years had already passed since his drain from Puente Grande Jalisco and his second escape from prison was about to be hatched, with the help of “Los Chapitos” -his children- and Emma Coronel -his wife-.

Guzmán Loera, founder of the Sinaloa Cartel, was transferred to the Federal Center for Social Readaptation (CEFERESO) No 1 in Almoloya de JuárezState of Mexico – also known as the Plateau-, where he received several visits from his wife, the former beauty queen Emma Coronelwho reappeared this week after serving a 36-month sentence in a United States prison.

“I can’t say yet what my plans are because they won’t come true later. But (they are) many and beautiful), he said Colonel Aispuro In his first interview with journalist Emily Palmer after recovering his freedom.

But Emma Coronel’s relationship with him Sinaloa Cartel She was not limited to being the wife of one of its founders and main leaders; According to the charges brought against her by the North American authorities, she collaborated in the drug traffic and money laundering for the criminal organization led by Chapo Guzmán and Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada.

Furthermore, documents obtained by journalist Ángel Hernández (Milenio) from the District of Columbia revealed that Emma Coronel conspired with “Los Chapitos” to finance and orchestrate the second escape of the Chapo Guzman of a maximum security prison; same that would take place on July 15, 2015, one year and five months after the operation by the Secretary of the Navy in which it was presumed not to fire a single bullet.

Emma Coronel met the "Chapo" when she was 17 years old.  (Special)
Emma Coronel met “Chapo” when she was 17 years old. (Special)

If your first leak Plateau -presumably in a laundry cart- generated a great debate around the credibility of the official version; his escape from Almoloya kept up to date, as a 1.6 kilometer tunnel that connected the shower to the cell Chapo Guzman with a vacant lot purchased from an individual identified as Lázaro.

It was one’s own Emma Coronel who bought the property from Lázaro, this after meeting with Iván Archivaldo, Jesús Alfredo, Ovidio Guzman and a person identified as conspirator 1 to explain the plan devised by El Chapo Guzman to get him out of prison.

In the files revealed by Millennium one more collaborator appears, ‘Cleto‘, who would have handed over his own wife Joaquin Guzman the amount of one million dollars delivered in “five packages”; part of that money would be used to bribe personnel of the Plateau to facilitate the second escape of the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.

According to District of Columbia documents, Emma Coronel not only did he receive money from “Los Chapitos” to buy the land where her husband would be released from prison; She also “was aware that Iván, Alfredo, Ovid and Joaquín They hired engineers to begin the construction of a tunnel under the land acquired from Lázaro in the area of ​​the Plateau”.

ALMOLOYA, EDOMEX, JULY 17, 2015.- The house in black work remains cordoned off, inside which is the exit of the tunnel through which the drug trafficker Joaquín Guzmán Loera "El Chapo" He fled from his cell in the Altiplano maximum security prison.  The gap is a kilometer and a half long.  PHOTO: ARMANDO MONROY /CUARTOSCURO.COM
ALMOLOYA, EDOMEX, JULY 17, 2015.- The house under construction remains cordoned off, inside which is the exit from the tunnel through which the drug trafficker Joaquín Guzmán Loera “El Chapo” escaped from his cell in the maximum security prison of the Altiplano. The gap is a kilometer and a half long. PHOTO: ARMANDO MONROY /CUARTOSCURO.COM

For the book “Emma and the other drug traffickers” by the journalist Anabel Hernández, Emma Coronel He said that his relationship with “Los Chapitos” He limited himself to a few meetings, although he described them as “very polite, very kind boys.”

However, it emerged that after her husband’s life sentence, the former beauty queen’s attitude worriedl May Zambada and “Los Chapitos”, especially for participating in the reality show Cartel Crew, where the story of some families of drug traffickers.

Prior to that tension, when the Chapo Guzman He was still in Almoloya, Emma Coronel kept visiting him; especially as the construction of the tunnelsince one of his main tasks was to carry the money for bribe to the security guards.

Although another visit was the key to the second escape of the Chapo Guzman. Six months before the start of tunnel construction, Emma Coronel gave her husband and father of her two daughters a GPS watchit was thus that the engineers knew the exact point from which the tunnel that led to his last year and five months in freedom.



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