On Thursday, Mexican police caught drug cartel leader Ovidio Guzman, who is the son of jailed drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. This caused a wave of violence before Vice President Joe Biden’s visit next week.
Most of the violence happened in the city of Culiacan in the northern state of Sinaloa. This is where El Chapo’s powerful drug cartel was based before he was sent to the United States in 2017.
“El Chapo” is serving a life sentence at a supermax U.S. federal prison in Colorado. In 2019, a jury found him guilty on 10 counts, including continuing criminal enterprise and drug trafficking.
The U.S. State Department had offered a $5 million reward for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of his son, who had already been arrested in 2019. CNN says that Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador had ordered that Guzmán’s son be freed in 2019 “to prevent more violence.”
Looking Into El Chapo’s personal life, he is married to Emma Coronel who is also in jail. Read on to know more about his wife and their family.
Who Is El Chapo’s Wife, Emma Coronel?
In Canelas, Durango, in November 2007, Guzmán married Emma Coronel Aispuro, an 18-year-old American beauty queen whose father was one of his top deputies. Emma was the daughter of Inés Coronel Barreras. She had twin girls, Maria Joaquina and Emali Guadalupe, in August 2011 at Los Angeles County Hospital in California. Emma Coronel Aispuro admitted on June 6, 2021, that she helped her husband run his multibillion-dollar criminal empire. She pleaded guilty to charges in the U.S.
According to New York Times, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán’s wife was sentenced to three years in prison after she revealed to help him run his multibillion-dollar criminal empire. Prosecutors said that Emma Coronel Aispuro helped her husband plan his dramatic escape through a tunnel dug under a prison in Mexico in 2015. They said that she did this by sneaking him a GPS watch disguised as a food item.
Details About El Chapo’s Previous Relationships And Their Criminal Records
In 1977, Guzmán married Alejandrina Maria Salazar Hernández in a small ceremony in the town of Jess Mara, Sinaloa. At least three kids were born to the couple: Cesar, Ivan Archivaldo, and Jess Alfredo.
El Chapo fell in love with Estela Pea, a bank clerk from Nayarit, when he was 30 years old. He kidnapped her and had sexual relations with her. Later, they got married.
In the middle of the 1980s, Guzmán married Griselda López Pérez and had four more children with her: Edgar, Joaquin Jr., Ovidio, and Griselda Guadalupe. Guzmán’s sons joined him in the drug business, and his third wife, López Pérez, was arrested in 2010 in Culiacán.
More About El Chapo
Guzmán Aka El Chapo was born in Sinaloa, Mexico, to a poor family of farmers. His father beat him up, and when he was young, he helped his father grow marijuana for local drug dealers. He also got into the drug trade through his father. In the late 1970s, Guzmán started working with one of the country’s rising drug lords, Héctor Luis Palma Salazar.
Guzmán was first caught in Guatemala in 1993. He was sent to Mexico, where he was charged with murder and drug trafficking and given a 20-year prison sentence.
In 2001, he paid off guards at a federal maximum-security prison and got out. Since he was on the run, Mexico and the U.S. offered a total of $8.8 million for information that led to his capture, and he was caught in Mexico in 2014. In 2015, he got out of jail before he was officially sentenced. His friends dug a tunnel to his cell, which he used to get out.
After a shootout in January 2016, Mexican police caught up with him again, and a year later, they sent him back to the U.S. In 2019, he was found guilty of a number of crimes related to his leadership of the Sinaloa Cartel, given a life sentence, and sent to ADX Florence, Colorado, United States.