The wife of beauty queen Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán is starting over after being released from federal prison last week.
Emma Coronel made an appearance Friday night at an event in Los Angeles to support her lawyer, Mariel Colón, who performed a musical set with other artists to mark Mexico’s Independence Day celebration.
Colón, who was also part of El Chapo’s legal team, took to Instagram to share photos of her and Coronel after her performance as a regional Mexican soloist at the Farallón Event Center.
“I want to thank my dear friend Emma Coronel for attending my presentation yesterday in Los Angeles. Thank you for all your support,” the Puerto Rican lawyer wrote. ‘I love you very much! I am very happy and excited about all the good things happening and new beginnings.
US-born Coronel opened a new Instagram account after gaining her freedom and shared two photos with Spanish captions on Sunday.
Emma Coronel (right), the wife of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, poses with her lawyer, Mariel Colón, who performed as a regional Mexican soloist at an event in Los Angeles on Friday, two days only after being released from federal prison.
Mariel Colón, who was part of the defense team that represented Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán and his wife, Emma Coronel, in a separate trial, performs at a show in Los Angeles to mark the day of independence of Mexico
Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, co-founder of the Sinaloa Cartel, is serving a life sentence in the United States.
One read: “Focus on yourself, on your peace of mind. People are temporary, remember whoever wants to be there will be there. And who doesn’t keep walking.
Another read: “Never challenge a woman who has nothing to lose. When she lost everything, she also lost fear.
Coronel has served 31 months of the 36-month sentence handed down by a federal court in Washington, D.C., in November 2021, after pleading guilty to drug trafficking and money laundering.
The terms of his plea agreement included four years of supervised release and forfeiture of $1.5 million.
Coronel, who also holds Mexican citizenship, apologized for her conviction for her role within El Chapo and the Sinaloa cartel.
Coronel, born in the United States, had been held at a halfway house in Long Beach, California, and was released last Wednesday, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
His release requires him to work at least 30 hours a week. He is also prohibited from being in contact with anyone involved in drug trafficking or illicit activities, and is prohibited from visiting El Chapo in prison.
Emma Coronel (left) and Mariel Colón (right) pose for a photo at an event in Los Angeles on Friday
Emma Coronel (second from right) starts her life again after being released from federal prison after serving 31 months of the 36-month sentence handed down by a federal court in Washington, DC, in November 2021, after pleading guilty to trafficking drugs and money. money laundering for the Sinaloa Cartel, co-founded by her husband, El Chapo
Although Coronel has never been charged with any crime in Mexico, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador told reporters Monday that it would be up to the attorney general’s office to determine whether he wanted to do so.
“If there is something that needs to be judged in Mexico, in this case it falls to the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic,” López Obrador said.
“It is the Attorney General’s Office that carries out extradition at the request of the United States government with authorization from the Department of Foreign Affairs.”
The remarks came after the extradition of El Chapo’s son, Ovidio Guzmán, to the United States on Friday.
Ovidio Guzmán appeared in federal court in Chicago on Monday and pleaded not guilty to five charges, including drug trafficking and money laundering.
Prosecutors accuse him and his three brothers Iván Guzmán, Jesús Guzmán and Joaquín Guzmán, otherwise known as “Los Chapitos,” of taking control of their father’s role as boss of the Sinaloa cartel in the alongside Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada and Damaso. Licendiado’ López.
“The Chapitos then gained greater control over the Sinaloa Cartel by threatening and inciting violence against Lopez Nunez, his family and his associates and, as a result, became the main leaders and drug traffickers within the Sinaloa Cartel. Sinaloa,” the U.S. Department of Justice said. said in a statement.
El Chapo co-founded the Sinaloa Cartel with El Mayo and twice escaped from prison in Mexico before being recaptured in 2016 and extradited the following year.
A federal court in New York convicted him of 10 counts in February 2019 and sentenced him to life in prison five months later. He is being held in a maximum security prison in Colorado.
Prosecutors estimated that under El Chapo, the Sinaloa Cartel imported and distributed more than 1 million kilos of cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine and heroin into the United States.
They estimated his fortune at $14 billion.