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El Chapo’s Wife Makes Her Debut On VH1 Reality Series And Here’s What Went Down

Emma Coronel Aispuro is proving there is no bottom tOo low for capitalism and profiting off of many Latinxs’ pain, by starring on VH1’s Cartel Crew, a reality series that features the loved ones of notorious drug dealers — you know, the real heroes of society. The series follows descendants of the Sinaloa and Medellin cartels. While some are trying to end the vicious cycle of violence that has upended their lives, others like Coronel, the New York Post notes, are trying to capitalize off of their cartel’s notoriety. 

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was a notorious Mexican drug lord, and leader of the Sinaloa cartel, who narrowly escaped imprisonment multiple times, until finally, at 62 years old, was sentenced to life in a supermax prison in the United States. Coronel was by his side during the trials, a faithful wife. 

Reporter Noah Hurowitz who saw the trials said, “The most shocking part of the testimony, I think, just from being there the whole time, was there was a witness named Isaias Valdez Rios who told this just horrific tale of violence. He described how Guzman personally tortured and executed several rival cartel members.”

Just after El Chapo’s sentencing, Coronel registered “El Chapo Guzman” as a trademark to create a line of clothing, phone cases, and hats.

Coronel continues to stand by her man on VH1’s Cartel Crew 

“It’s sad that they judge us without knowing us,” Coronel said during her bewildering appearance. “I consider myself a normal woman, but people often judge me without actually knowing me.”

Coronel made her debut on Cartel Crew on a yacht wearing flashy clothing. Castmembers fawned over the wife of one of the most profitable kingpins in history. 

“I was very nervous and humbled to be in her presence,” Marie Ramirez Arellano, the daughter of a drug-trafficker, told the Post. “She’s not a regular woman.”

Coronel, 30, allegedly married El Chapo when she was 17 or 18 years old. While she isn’t a member of the principal cast, she will be making several appearances on the show. 

“She’s a real Latina, a real humble person, loyal to her man,” Ramirez Arellano said. “She gave off such great energy and she’s a real classy woman.”

Ramirez Arellano wasn’t the only contestant who was sympathetic toward Coronel. Her boyfriend, Michael Corleone Blanco, the youngest son of Griselda Blanco de Trujillo of the Medellin cartel and known as the “Godmother of Cocaine” or the “Black Widow,” took a liking as well. Griselda was involved in 200 murders before she was indicted on drug trafficking charges in 2012.

Blanco who helped run his mother’s business is now trying to live a less violent and legal life by selling cartel themed apparel and cannabis where it is legal. 

“We are not our parents,” said Blanco. “We’re trying to make our own way in the world. Legally.”

Blanco felt for Coronel, who he believed was in a horrible predicament as a mother of twins, and gave her some advice. 

“I gave her some advice because she is trying to make the same kind of moves that I made,” he said. “She is a really sweet person who is going through something that no wife or mother should ever go through and now she has to raise two girls by herself.”

Most people were not excited about Coronel’s appearance on the show.

“This is a sick and terrible decision by VH1 to have El Chapo’s wife Emma Coronel on its reality show Cartel Crew,” Ioan Grillo, a journalist in Mexico City, wrote on Twitter. “There is a humanitarian catastrophe in Mexico from cartel violence. This is not a glamorous reality show. Where are images of mass graves?”

Seriously, though, people are not happy.

“Society is rotten by media like this one that romanticizes criminals and murderers. No consideration whatsoever for so many families that have been affected by these criminals,” another user wrote. “Even worse the level of the viewers that think these vulgar people have anything interesting to say!”

“That this is making it to TV, like Mob wives, tells you all you need to know about the glorification of crime and corruption,” another user wrote. 

They may have a point about the glorification of the corrupt — after all, the president is currently being impeached for extorting and bribing another country. 

Politicians expressed outrage over Coronel’s television debut too. 

Republican Senator John Neely Kennedy wrote a letter to VH1 president Chris McCarthy asking him to remove the series. 

“The entire premise of the show is disturbing as it glorifies drug cartels and those who live in luxury off the wealth these criminal groups corruptly amass,” Kennedy wrote in the letter. 

While many were offended by Coronel’s appearance, others continue to be mystified and intrigued by her, according to the Washington Post.

“I will follow him to wherever he is,” she told the Los Angeles Times. “I am in love with him. He is the father of my children.” 

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El Chapo’s Wife Turns Herself In After Being Charged With Drug Smuggling and Trying to Break Him Out of Jail

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El Chapo’s Wife Turns Herself In After Being Charged With Drug Smuggling and Trying to Break Him Out of Jail

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They say art imitates life, but sometimes, it’s the other way around. Once in a while, the news seems like it’s simply replaying scenes from La Reina del Sur. Especially the latest update on El Chapo’s wife.

On Monday Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, turned herself into the United States FBI on charges of international drug trafficking.

The U.S. authorities are charging Coronel with helping Guzmán smuggle drugs across the border, break out of prison, and bribe corrupt officials. According to anonymous officials, the U.S. authorities have had their eye on her for a while now.

For years, El Chapo’s wife Emma Coronel has insisted that she had nothing to do with her husband’s illegal activities. Because she always maintained her innocence, the former teen beauty-queen was able to keep a high profile since her husband was imprisoned in 2019. She was active on social media, gave interviews to news outlets, and even appeared on a reality series.

Coronel was born in San Francisco, but grew up in Mexico near El Chapo’s “territory”.

Her father was a prominent member of El Chapo’s cartel, and according to experts, she “grew up with knowledge of the narcotics trafficking industry.” She married Guzmán when she was 18-years-old. He was 50. Her and Guzmán have 9-year-old twin daughters together. As of now, the girls’ whereabouts are unknown.

According to official documents, the FBI has evidence that Coronel was a liaison between El Chapo and his sons, “Los Chapitos” when they were planning his notorious prison escape in 2015. Coronel also stands accused of acting as a messenger and negotiator for payments to corrupt authorities.

As of now, people are speculating that Coronel turned herself in in exchange for leniency.

“Her attorney at sentencing is going to argue, ‘She took it upon herself to face charges,’ she didn’t make the government go out and arrest and extradite her,” an anonymous source told Vice. “She came out of Mexico. It would have been quite a process to get her extradited.”

According to reports, Colonel faces 10 years to life in prison, and a fine of up to $10 million USD.

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The Colombian City Where Body Parts Wash Up On The Shore So Often It’s Become Normal

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The Colombian City Where Body Parts Wash Up On The Shore So Often It’s Become Normal

Colombia has made incredible progress since the 1990’s when the country was a hotbed for international drug trafficking and guerrilla warfare. Today, modern bustling cities are home to shopping centers, museums, and hordes of international visitors.

However, despite the advancements, the country is still in a delicate peace deal with the main guerrilla oppossition – Las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) – and there are many other paramilitary groups that still operate across the country, including in the main port city of Buenavista.

The city of Buenavista is seeing an uptick in body parts washing up along its shores.

In mid-January, an arm washed up on the city’s shore. It was quickly assumed, by local media reports, that the arm belonged to one of three local fisherman who had most likely been rounded up, killed, and dismembered. The arm had a tattoo on it, connecting it to one of the missing men, Armando Valencia.

And it wasn’t the first time this has happened. According to residents, body parts washing up on beaches is a tragically familiar occurrence. “There were some reports of body parts washing up at La Bocana [a nearby tourist spot]. A head, a leg, an arm,” said María Miyela Riascos, a social leader from Buenaventura, in a statement to VICE News. “Also, they found a man and a woman dismembered in the rural area of Bajo Calima.”

Violence has been rampant in Buenaventura for decades. The city has some of the highest rates of forced displacement and homicide in the country. But seldom has it been confronted by the levels of brutality experienced in the past year.

Criminal groups have long terrorized the city but things seem to be out of control.

So many different criminal groups have terrorized the slums of Colombia’s main Pacific port that residents rarely bother to learn the name of the latest clan in control. They simply call the warring gangs los malos or the bad guys.

Three people have been killed or disappeared daily, and conflict between organized crime has displaced as many as 6,000 people. Videos on Twitter show people fleeing their homes and young men and women patrolling with assault weapons. #SOSbuenaventura has been trending.

Community leaders see darker interests behind the violence, saying the areas where most crimes occur are the same where plans have been laid for a waterfront project, an airport and seaport terminals. “I see the violence as a means of pressure to get us off this area so they can build their projects,” Armando Valencia told The Guardian.

Criminals use “chop houses” to dismember their victims.

Colombian navy special forces on patrol among stilted waterfront shacks in Buenaventura
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The criminals recruit children, extort businesses, force people from their homes and dismember live victims, scattering their remains in the bay or surrounding jungle. Dozens of wooden huts balanced precariously on stilts over the bay have been abandoned by terrorized citizens and taken over by the gangs for use as casas de pique, or chop houses, where they torture and murder their victims.

The chop houses are the most gruesome consequence of a deeply flawed attempt to dismantle rightwing militias, which originally emerged to combat leftwing guerrillas in collusion with state security forces and drug traffickers.

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