The wife of “El Chapo” the notorious Mexican drug lord, was arrested for her alleged role in plots to bust him out of two different prisons.
According to a US Department of Justice statement, Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, was arrested overnight at Dulles International Airport outside Washington DC.
In his successful jailbreak from Altiplano prison in Almoloya de Juárez in 2015, she is accused of conspiring with her husband, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera.
Ms Aispuro subsequently played a role in organizing the construction of an underground tunnel to get Guzman Loera out of Altiplano, according to the Justice Department affidavit.
Guzman Loera vanished from the prison’s shower area, climbing into a hole which led to an elaborate 1.6km tunnel.
It was such a long tunnel that Guzman Loera used a motorbike to get to the end of it.
In January of the following year, when Guzman Loera was rearrested, Ms Aispuro allegedly planned another escape that ultimately did not take place.
The affidavit stated that Ms. Aispuro allegedly told a cooperating witness that US$2 million had been paid to a Mexican prison official to transfer Guzman Loera back to Altiplano so he could flee again.
Ms Aispuro was also allegedly involved in buying a piece of land near the prison so that another tunnel could be excavated.
But the transfer never occurred, and, as planned, Guzman Loera was extradited to the US.
Guzman Loera is presently serving a life sentence in a Colorado federal prison.
Ms. Aispuro was also charged with her suspected involvement in a scheme to export cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana to the United States for importation.
Ms. Aispuro was convicted of conspiracy to sell more than one kilogram of heroin, five kilograms or more of cocaine, more than one ton of marijuana and more than 500 grams of methamphetamine.
She is expected to appear via video conference in the US District Court of Washington DC.
Ms. Aispuro is a San Francisco-born dual US-Mexican citizen.
In 2007, when she was 18 years old and he was 50, the aspiring beauty queen married Guzman Loera.
Together, the pair have twin daughters.