Mexicanas de corazón - but born in the U.S.A.
When former Sinaloa Cartel boss Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera was captured by Mexican marines last week in a run of the mill Mazatlán condo, this woman was preparing breakfast for his twin toddlers, born in Los Angeles in 2011. Wife of Mexican drug lord delivers twin girls in U.S. hospital.
If everybody gets 15 minutes of fame, Emma Coronel Aispuro, 24, got hers in 2007 when she was named Miss Coffee and Miss Guava in a Sinaloa state competition. She met El Chapo during the crowning ceremony, Mexican sources say, and fell in love at first sight. They danced to a waltz, "Crossing hills and streams," performed by a local band. El Chapo's security team kept a close eye on everybody and everything that day.
Emma was born in the United States, and so enjoys automatic American citizenship. But she was raised in Mexico. Her father, Inés Coronel Barrera, was a major drug trafficker in his own right, specializing in hauling marijuana across the border near Agua Prieta, Sonora, just across from Douglas, Arizona. Mexican Federal Police arrested him on April 30, 2013, undoubtedly seeking clues as to the whereabouts of El Chapo himself. They got none.
Emma's parents were delighted when they learned that she and Guzmán - more than three decades her senior - planned to marry, and readily gave their blessing. They may well have regarded it as an excellent business arrangement, one which guaranteed that Inés' cannabis export operation would be safe and sound. The couple married on Emma's 18th birthday, July 2, 2007, in rugged Durango state. Sinaloa, Durango and Chihuahua are often described as the Golden Triangle of Mexican narcotics trafficking, in part because there are so many places to hide.
Other Sinaloa women have also been attracted to the powerful cartel of the same name. But the fates have not been kind to all of them. Mexican beauty queen dies with AK-47 at her side
El Chapo apparently favors the notion of "U.S. born, Mexican raised." His twin girls, like his wife Emma, evidence that pattern. And 18 months ago Guzmán's adult daughter by a previous union, five or six months pregnant, showed up at the San Ysidro border crossing, just below San Diego. With a fraudulent U.S. travel visa in hand, she was arrested while trying to enter the country. Her plan and purpose was plainly to do what Emma had done. A federal magistrate deported her in December 2012, before she gave birth (court documents below). That's one Guzmán offspring who will remain a Mexican citizen, but not an American one. Guzmán women head north to deliver - kids, not drugs.
In the meantime, Guzmán must be a little more at ease as he appraises his legal situation from a maximum security prison cell. He'll be extradited to the United States sooner or later - about that there is no doubt. But at least there will be three immediate family member names on his guaranteed visitor list. Emma and the girls, all U.S. passport holders, will be able to see him anytime they want.
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