El Chapo’s wife set to appear before federal judge on drug trafficking charges

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The beauty queen wife of drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman looks solemn in her newly-released mugshot, as she faces life behind bars following her arrest on drug trafficking charges Monday.

Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, is set to appear before a federal judge in Washington, D.C., at noon Tuesday. She faces life in prison if convicted on the charges, a spokesperson for the Department of Justice said.

Coronel was booked on Monday into a local jail in Alexandria, Virginia, which has a deal with the US Marshals to house federal inmates, a spokesperson said.

She was busted Monday at Dulles Airport in Northern Virginia on charges of participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana for importation into the US.

She’s also accused of scheming to help orchestrate her hubby’s elaborate July 11, 2015 escape from Altiplano prison in Mexico.

Coronel, a dual US-Mexico citizen married Guzman in 2007, and was a constant fixture at his high-profile Brooklyn trial two years ago. He was sentenced to life in prison in July 2019.

Additional reporting by Tamar Lapin

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