Shortly after versions of that Emma Coronel Aispuro had surrendered to cooperate with the US government seeking a reduced sentence, his lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman came out to deny it. “A history has been sown for which they are going to be in danger,” he said in a fast interview with Univision Noticias referring to his client’s twin daughters.
“The family is worried. Emma is worried, ”Lichtman continued, warning that not even the minor daughters of drug trafficker Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán would be safe from a revenge by the Sinaloa Cartel if Coronel Aispuro provided information to the anti-narcotics agents.
Lichtman denounced that federal agents were responsible for leaking this “false” information with a macabre goal. “They are designed for one reason only: to put pressure on her to cooperate or else destroy whatever cooperation she was doing. Either one of them resulted in putting the lives of her and her two nine-year-old daughters at risk, ”he expressed exalted.
“Do you understand what is happening in Mexico? Those people who are cooperating, families are sometimes beheaded ”, Lichtman continued, giving an example that the narco does not forgive whistleblowers.
The Department of Justice never confirmed whether Coronel Aispuro was in communication with federal agents to try to become a protected witness, as reported by the Vice media and Proceso magazine.
In June, four months after her arrest at Virginia’s Dulles Airport, she pleaded guilty to three counts of drug trafficking and money laundering. This Tuesday she will be sentenced by Judge Rudolph Contreras in a Washington DC court. The Prosecutor’s Office suggested that they impose a sentence on four years in prison and a fine of $ 1.5 million.
But his lawyers insisted that he accept his crimes it did not include cooperating in any way with the authorities. Mariel Colón Miró, his legal defender, told Univision News that his client did not want to have pending accounts with the cartel, now run by the children of ‘El Chapo’.
“She has some girls in Mexico and it is very well known what happens to cooperators, to cooperators’ families. So why risk the lives of her girls, the life of her family? When there are other resources than her own. they can help and allow her to go out (free) at the same time as if she had cooperated, “Colón Miró responded in an interview with the Janiot PM program.
Coronel Aispuro’s lawyers even have an argument about how his client’s guilty plea does not imply that he is confirming that Guzmán was involved in drug trafficking and overturns his appeal strategy.
“The fact that she has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy that included her husband does not mean that, de facto, her husband was part of everything that was discussed,” said Colón Miró in an interview with Janiot PM. “A conspiracy involves many more people,” he clarified.
Crimes against aid workers
Several former members of the Sinaloa Cartel who testified against Guzmán would already be under the custody of the sheriffs. Two of them were at the top of that criminal organization: Vicente Zambada, who was a financial operator; and his uncle Jesús Zambada, who is no longer in federal prison.
Another who would have followed in his footsteps is Dámaso López Núñez, the compadre of ‘El Chapo’ and who would have been the star witness in the criminal case against Emma Coronel. In 2018, he was sentenced to life in prison; However, this medium learned that a judge reduced his sentence so that he was released in 2032 and a few weeks ago his information disappeared from government records.
Almost everyone who betrayed Guzmán they have been released or it is unknown where they are.
‘El Licenciado’, who came to be considered Guzmán’s successor, has paid a very high price: a month after he spoke out against his former partner in Brooklyn court his brother Adolfo was murdered in Culiacán by hitmen who carried heavy-caliber weapons.
It had a similar outcome José Rodrigo Aréchiga Gamboa, who founded and led the criminal cell ‘Los Ántrax’, an armed wing of the cartel. This gunman captured the attention of the press because he used social networks to show his extravagant lifestyle.
While in a California prison, ‘El Chino Ántrax’, as he is nicknamed, pleaded guilty, received a reduced sentence, and was released for good conduct in March 2020. A few days later he escaped from house arrest in San Diego and it reached Sinaloa.
Before the US Marshals found him, the cartel gunmen did. That day they also killed his sister and brother-in-law, who were with him. The three bodies were found on a dirt road in Culiacán. The body of ‘El Chino Ántrax’ was inside a luxury truck.
In the peephole of the poster was also Andrea Velez Fernandez, the last witness of ‘El Chapo’. This woman was a Colombian who was an assistant to one of Guzmán’s partners. Her statements were the preamble to her life sentence on July 17, 2019. There she revealed that she now lives with another identity in the United States and with fear that the cartel will assassinate her.
Vélez Fernández told with tears that ‘El Chapo’ ordered her to be executed because he could not bribe a Mexican general with 10 million dollars to stop persecuting him. “I am a miracle of God, because Mr. Guzmán tried to kill me… He offered a million dollars to the Hells Angels (the motorcycle gang) to end my life, ”read a letter in court.
Dámaso López Serrano, alias ‘El Mini Lic’ and Guzmán’s godson, he is another government aid worker who was the target of an attempted attack. This young man surrendered to a border checkpoint in California, fearing that the children of ‘El Chapo’ would murder him. His father Dámaso López Núñez had already been extradited.
Alias ’El Mini Lic’ testified in a Chicago federal court during the conviction hearing of Jesus Raúl Beltrán León, considered a high-level lieutenant of the cartel. Like his father, he recounted part of his activities in the criminal organization and turned the kingpin headlong.
López Serrano claimed that he learned while he was in a prison in downtown Chicago that Beltrán León, alias ‘El Trébol’, offered $ 25,000 to an imprisoned gang member to “break his head” as a punishment for his cooperation with the authorities. The plan never came to fruition.