How did El Chapo escape in 2015?

MEXICAN drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s beauty queen wife Emma Coronel Aispuro was arrested on February 22, in connection to her husband’s 2015 jailbreak and on suspicion of drug trafficking

During Guzman’s trial in 2019, Coronel refused to give up her husband, however, now US investigators are confident the glamorous gangster’s moll could crack.

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Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Loera[/caption]

How did El Chapo escape in 2015?

In July 2015, El Chapo –  which means “shorty” in English – escaped Mexico’s top-security prison, Altiplano Prison, through a mile-long tunnel complete with ventilation and conveniently parked motorbike

First, Guzmán is believed to have climbed down through a two-by-two foot hole underneath the shower in his cell in the prison’s most secure wing.

The shower opening led to an elaborate tunnel almost a mile long. The tunnel was equipped with lighting, ventilation and a motorcycle on rails that was probably used to transport digging material and cart the dirt out.

The tunnel led to a construction site with a bare-bones compound in the nearby neighborhood of Santa Juanita, near the Mexican city of Toluca.

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The two-by-two foot hole underneath the shower in Guzman’s cell at Altiplano prison[/caption]

Through a hole in the ground, a ladder led to the middle of the construction site.

Construction on the compound was started some time after February 2015, satellite images show.

Mexican authorities began a sweeping manhunt, shutting down an airport and holding 30 prison employees, including the head of the prison, for questioning.

Guzman’s second jail bust was seen as one of the most embarrassing moments for the Mexican government, after recapturing the drug lord who up to that point had evaded authorities for over a decade.

El Chapo escaped from the same prison in 2001, through a laundry cart that maintenance worker Javier Camberos rolled through several doors and eventually out the front door.

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The mile-long tunnel equipped with lighting, ventilation and a motorcycle on rails[/caption]

Guzman is currently serving a life sentence at the United States Penitentiary Maximum Facility, ADX Florence.

When was his wife Emma Coronel Aispuro arrested?

Coronel, 31, was arrested in the US on February 22, accused of helping to run her husband’s drug-trafficking empire after a “high-ranking associate” of the cartel ratted out its senior members.

Prosecutors released details alleging her involvement in El Chapo’s dramatic prison escape in 2015.

She is also accused of bragging that $1.4million had been raised to spring him free a second time – as she was charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana.

On February 23, Coronel appeared before a court in Washington DC where she was remanded in custody – as a judge warned she could be jailed for life.

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Emma Coronel Aispuro[/caption]

Top US drug cop Mike Vigil told The Sun: “Emma Coronel has always been a narco princess.

“Her father Inez and her brother Omar were drug traffickers when she was growing up.

“When she married Chapo Guzman the families merged.

“Guzman brought in her father and brother to be his top lieutenants.

“The cartels trust their family members more than anybody else.

“She can provide a lot of information that can lead to US-based indictments against Sinaloa cartel members.”

It is believed that the ‘narco princess” has a net worth of $5billion.

Coronel has two kids with Guzman, her twin girls, Emali Guadalupe and Maria Joaquina.

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The alleged property that Guzman’s sons bought close to Alitplano prison[/caption]

How did Coronel allegedly help her husband escape?

Court documents detail Coronel’s alleged involvement in Guzmán’s 2015 escape from prison.

The US government’s case is helped by an informant – named ‘Cooperating Witness 1’ – who revealed Coronel allegedly asked them to help with a plot to break El Chapo out of El Altiplano.

The complex plan included Guzman’s sons purchasing a piece of land near the prison which would allow them to construct a tunnel from which the drug lord could then escape.

The court documents say: “According to Cooperating Witness 1, Guzman, through Coronel, asked Guzman’s sons to purchase a piece of land near Altiplano prison and instructed Cooperating Witness 1 to purchase a warehouse near Altiplano prison as well as firearms and an armored truck.

“Those present also discussed the need to get a GPS watch to Guzman in prison in order to pinpoint his exact whereabouts so as to construct the tunnel with an entry point accessible to him.”

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El Chapo is currently serving a life sentence at the US Penitentiary Maximum Facility, ADX Florence[/caption]

The documents add: “According to Cooperating Witness 1, he/she later met with Coronel, Ivan, Alfredo, and Ovidio to discuss the Altiplano prison escape plan.”

According to the witness, there were several meetings to discuss about the escape plan and then updated Guzman about it.

Among the details which have been brought to light, the escape was planned for “a Saturday or Sunday because there are no officials or visitors at the jail on those days”.

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