El Chapo's beauty queen wife Emma Coronel starts over after being released from US. custody: Starts new Instagram account and was spotted attending event in LA where her drug cartel leader husband's lawyer performed a musical set
- Emma Coronel appeared at a Los Angeles event Friday where her lawyer, Mariel Colón, performed as a Regional Mexican soloist
- Coronel was released from federal custody last Wednesday after serving the remainder of her sentence at a halfway house in Long Beach, California
- Her husband, Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán, the father of the couple's twin daughter, is serving a life sentence in the United States
Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s beauty queen wife is starting anew after she was released from federal custody last week.
Emma Coronel made an appearance Friday evening at Los Angeles event to support her lawyer, Mariel Colón, who performed a musical set with other artists to mark the celebration of Mexican Independence Day.
Colón, who also was part of El Chapo’s legal team, took to Instagram to share photos of her and Coronel following her performance as a Regional Mexican soloist at the Farallón Event Center.
'I want to thank my dear friend Emma Coronel for attending my presentation yesterday in Los Angeles. Thanks for all your support,' the Puerto Rican attorney wrote. 'I love you very much! I am very happy and excited for all the good things that are coming and the new beginnings.'
The United States-born Coronel opened a new Instagram account after gaining her freedom and shared two pictures with Spanish captions Sunday.
Emma Coronel (right), the wife of Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán, poses with her lawyer, Mariel Colón, who performed as a Mexican Regional soloist at an event in Los Angeles on Friday, just two days after she was released from federal custody
Mariel Colón, who was part of the defense team that represented Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán and his wife, Emma Coronel, in separate trial, performs at a show in Los Angeles to mark Mexico's Independence Day
Sinaloa Cartel co-founder Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán is serving a life sentence in the United States
One read: ‘Focus on yourself, on your peace of mind. People are temporary, remember that whoever wants to be there, will be there. And who doesn't keep walking.’
Another read: “Never challenge a woman who has nothing to lose. When she lost everything, she also lost fear.”
Coronel completed 31 months of the 36-month sentence that was handed down by a Washington, D.C. federal court November 2021 after she pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and money laundering.
Terms of her plea deal included four years of supervised released and the forfeiture of $1.5 million.
Coronel, who also holds Mexico citizenship, apologized at her sentencing for her role with El Chapo and the Sinaloa Cartel.
The United States-born Coronel had been held at a halfway house in Long Beach, California and was released last Wednesday, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Her release requires her to work at least 30 hours per week. She is also barred from being in contact with any person involved in drug trafficking or illicit activities, and is banned from visiting El Chapo in prison.
Emma Coronel (left) and Mariel Colón (right) pose for a picture at a Los Angeles event Friday
Emma Coronel (second to the right) is starting her life anew following her release from federal custody completed 31 months of the 36-month sentence that was handed down by a Washington, D.C. federal court November 2021 after she pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and money laundering for the Sinaloa Cartel, which was co-founded by her husband, El Chapo
Although Coronel has never been charged with any crimes in Mexico, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador told reporters Monday that it will be up to the Attorney General's Office to determine if it wants to do so.
'If there is something that should be judged in Mexico, in this case, it corresponds to the Attorney General's Office of the Republic,' López Obrador said.
'It is the Attorney General's Office that carries out the extradition at the request of the United States Government with the authorization of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.'
His remarks were made after El Chapo's son, Ovidio Guzmán, was extradited to the United States on Friday.
Ovidio Guzmán appeared in a Chicago federal court room Monday and pleaded not guilty to five counts, including drug trafficking and money laundering.
Prosecutors accuse him and his three brothers Iván Guzmán, Jesús Guzmán and Joaquin Guzmán, who are otherwise known as 'Los Chapitos,' of having taken control of their father's role as bosses of the Sinaloa Cartel alongside Ismael 'El Mayo' Zambada and Damaso 'El Licendiado' López.
'The Chapitos subsequently amassed greater control over the Sinaloa Cartel by allegedly threatening and causing violence against Lopez Nunez, his family, and his associates and, as a result, became principal leaders and drug traffickers within the Sinaloa Cartel,' the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement.
El Chapo co-founded the Sinaloa Cartel with El Mayo and escaped twice from prison in Mexico before he was recaptured in 2016 and extradited the following year.
A New York federal court found him guilty of 10 counts in February 2019 and sentenced him to life in prison five months later. He is being held at a super maximum security prison in Colorado.
Prosecutors estimated that under El Chapo, the Sinaloa Cartel imported and distributed more than 1 million kilos of cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine and heroin in the United States.
They estimated his fortune to worth to worth $14 billion.