On Feb. 12, a Brooklyn jury found Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán guilty on ten federal criminal counts and now faces life behind bars. The most infamous drug cartel leader of all-time made billions through his illegal operations. According to CNN when they read the verdict, El Chapo looked over to his wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, smiled at her and “she smiled back and touched her hand to her heart.”
Outside the courthouse, reporters asked how her thoughts regarding the verdict, and she reportedly said: “Good, thank you.” She doesn’t seem too fazed that her husband will be locked up for good, and now we know why.
El Chapo’s wife is starting her own fashion line.
The 29-year-old has launched her LLC under her name, which means it’s completely separate from her husband’s illegal and financial issues. He will still be involved in some respects.
“I am very happy to be able to create something like this. I hope it’ll be something everyone likes,” she told the New York Daily News. “I will give it my best effort to make it good for everyone and within everyone’s reach,” she said. “I want to start with a line of caps, then I’ll begin to produce clothes, jackets.”
The 29-year-old said that the logo will include El Chapo’s name and some of his fashion sense
“During the process, as it evolves, I’ll see where my ideas take me,” she told the publication. “A little bit of my style and his style — it will be like a mixture of the two so that it really is our essence.”
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.”
Some would say that interest rates are so low at the moment, that it’s a prime time to buy a house. But you know what’s an even better reason to check out what’s on the market? Three words: El Chapo’s house. That’s right, amigas. Now that the ex-leader of the Sinaloa Cartel is definitively stuck with a pretty hefty life sentence, his goods are up for sale. His house and worldly possessions, that is. Not the drugs and other contraband.
We should probably mention: it’s not just one house being auctioned, it’s six.
Imagine owning six houses. That’s definitely living the dream. Although, in Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán’s case, he was pretty much confined to his living quarters when he was on the run. Granted, we can make an educated guess that there’s probably only so much you can do, even in a super duper decked-out pad. Poor El Chapo had it pretty rough, what with having to hide from the authorities across six homes. Especially in this economy. Okay, okay, we can only get away with so much sarcasm.
Apparently bidding on the drug lord’s home in Calle Rio Humaya will start at $107,349.
But, don’t be fooled: not all of his houses are worth the same. It’s thought that, altogether, his collection of houses should fetch at least a staggering 19.5 million Mexican pesos – or, 1 million US dollars worth. Despite their impressive price tag, it’s worth noting that each of the properties also come fully furnished, sporting things such as television sets, washing and drying machines, microwaves and even exercise machines! That makes them a bargain, right?
And sure, they’re a bargain for anyone who’s watched too many Netflix true crime specials.
Apparently one of the homes is sporting a secret escape tunnel underneath a bathtub. The story behind this fateful tunnel is that the Mexican military had originally barged into El Chapo’s home in Culiacán, Sinaloa, in the early hours of a mid-February morning, back in 2004. The bathtub tunnel is credited with being the reason why El Chapo was able to escape the military’s clutches through an above ground drainage system. That is, until El Chapo was eventually captured, just one week after the raid.
Rumor has it that quite a few of the kingpin’s houses are connected by tunnels.
After all, tunneling seemed to be El Chapo’s favorite way to get around: he previously managed to escape from a Mexican prison in 2015 by tunneling out through a shower stall. Unfortunately, though, we’re yet to hear of any word about whether the laundry cart El Chapo used in his 2001 prison break is also included in any of the auctions.
All jokes aside, the real question is whether there will be a lot of interest in the properties, or not.
And we’re not just talking about the price point. One of the homes was originally purchased by El Chapo for the mother of his son, Ovidio Guzmán López. While the property itself has some pretty substantial draws – we’re talking multiple bedrooms, and an outdoor backyard pool – it’s also connected to a guy who is still on the run, and is very much wanted by the United States. There’s a high chance he might not necessarily want to just let go of a three-storey home that’s worth over half a million dollars. Or other things like the two luxury ships and convoy pricey sports cars. You know, the Ford Mustangs, Jaguars, and Mercedes limousines.
And it may not entirely be up to Guzmán López. El Chapo’s kingpin status fell to his sons after his arrest.
Word on the street has it that the Mexican government had arrested Guzmán López back in October, trying to deal a real blow to the cartels. However, the cartels retaliated by attacking a housing complex designed for military families. 14 people died during the shootouts, resulting in the government releasing Guzmán López to de-escalate the violence. With a reaction like that from the cartels over Guzmán López’s capture, it begs the question as to whether the sale of El Chapo’s homes may inspire copycat attacks during the auctions themselves, or on the new homeowners themselves.
Anyway, those daunting questions aside, here’s hoping that the Mexican government, who are responsible for the sale, see a proper payday from this series of El Chapo properties. The intention for the funds is to see them donated to a children’s music program based in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.
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