Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman, arguably Mexico’s most notorious cartel boss, was finally extradited to the U.S. last week in a swift operation. Once in the U.S., El Chapo was quickly transported to New York, where he is now housed in the Metropolitan Correctional Center, a prison that has been described as worse than Guantanamo Bay.
So what makes the Metropolitan Correctional Center worse than Guantanamo?
Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, who has served time in both prisons, explained the differences between the two, saying that Guantanamo had room to socialize and pray with other inmates. On the other hand, the Metropolitan Correctional Center’s conditions were worse because many prisoners were in solitary confinement.
David E. Patton, one of El Chapo’s lawyers, told the New York Times that the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York is the perfect place to drive someone crazy.
Lights can stay on 24 hours a day, windows are obscured, and the slot through which guards interact with prisoners are kept shut, providing no link to the outside world. Prisoners’ eyesight is known to deteriorate in these conditions, leaving many nearsighted. Guards watch inmates at all times via cameras installed in each cell. Catherine Linaweaver, a former lockup warden, spoke to the Associated Press about the facility, saying, “It’s got extra security above and beyond what you would have in a restricted housing area. There is no other unit in the Bureau of Prisons like the high-security unit in New York.”
The recent arrest of Emma Coronel Aispuro – the wife of drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman – follows a telenovela-style life that straddled hyper-violent Mexican cartels, fame and motherhood. And it’s a life that Coronel shared with her thousands of followers on social media platforms like TikTok. Here Emma Coronel tik tok
The former beauty queen used social media to give her fans a peek into the luxurious life she lived and helped birth the large #CartelLife movement that is booming on apps like TikTok.
Parties, TikTok and Reality Shows: the luxuries of Emma Coronel.
Although Emma Coronel Aispuro is now in the news for her recent arrest in the U.S., she was all about flaunting her larger than life and luxurious lifestyle. She has long stood out for sharing her life of luxury on social media, and many of her videos went viral for her dancing and singing.
Since being arrested and brought up on charges related to drug trafficking, Coronel now faces a minimum sentence of 10 years behind bars and even life imprisonment, in addition to an eventual $10 million fine, should she be found guilty of the charges.
But before being placed in a maximum security prison, Coronel was a social media influencer that helped bring the world into the #CartelLife.
Coronel’s social media life was a window into the world of Mexican drug cartels.
In 2018, Coronel decorated her home to mimic that of everyone’s beloved Barbie, in order to celebrate the birthday of her daughters. At the meeting there were even rides, inflatables and an incredible spread of all kinds.
Then, on her own birthday, images of her celebration went viral where she posed with some friends near a pool, as well as a table decorated as white candles.
In 2019, Coronel tried to launch her own clothing brand, inspired by her husband’s nickname. The company “El Chapo Guzmán JGL LLC”, would focus on wallets, sweatshirts, blouses and pants, among other items, but it failed to take off.
She even appeared on a VH1 show to share just how “normal” she was.
Emma Coronel has also participated in the reality show “Cartel Crew”, produced by the VH1 channel, where she spoke about the disadvantages of being the wife of a drug trafficker, since she says that she is judged by the people who don’t truly know her.
“It is very unfortunate that they judge us without knowing us. It’s hard because sometimes you want to do what you see everyone around you doing […] We are normal,” she said during her run on the show.
The son of El Chapo has also turned to TikTok to flaunt his millionaire lifestyle.
El Chapo’s wife isn’t the only one who has taken to social media to share her luxurious life. Jesus Alfredo Guzman, one of the drug lord’s sons, – who is already on US’s Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)’s most-wanted fugitive list – has also created a TikTok account and quickly amassed more than 15,000 followers.
So far, he’s only shared six videos but they reveal his luxurious and extravagant mansion, which includes an indoor movie theatre and a swimming pool decorated with pillars and fountains.
Although it cannot be confirmed that it is officially the account of Jesús Alfredo, the profile appears to indicate that it could be an authentic. He also spares no details on his fleet of supercars, including three Rolls-Royces, an Audi R8, a white Bentley, and an azure blue Lamborghini.
The clips are all set to narcocorridos, a controversial ballad-style music with lyrics that speak approvingly of illegal activities, mainly drug trafficking.
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.
Took them too long she should be already on jail ..she was enjoying the the bloody money..
“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.