one of the most feared cartels
in mexico.she was never afraid that she
would be arrested.>> she was with him at his
trial.>> emma coronel understated how
cameras work, how media works.>> emma coronel is now at the
center of an investigation.she is a possible accomplice in
drug trafficking.>> the charges are severe.
they involve heroin, cocaine,marijuana, and methamphetamine.
>> the reaction in sinaloa tothe arrest of el chapos wife,
considered to be untouchable.>> what good was all of that
money they make killing people?i have no idea what they were
doing.>> a woman who became a symbol,
celebrity, and entrepreneur nowhas to face justice.
>> i think she wanted to feedthe myth of being el chapos
wife.>> the fall of emma coronel.
>> while the wife of el chapowas looking for visibility on
social media, drug agents wereoccurring testimony and evidence
for her arrest.>> good evening and welcome to
"aqui y ahora"."her life changed when she was
17.el chapo noticed the young woman
who was in a beauty contest.in a small town in durango.
he made her his queen.we now hear how this young woman
became the first lady of themost wanted man in the world.
>> el chapo could go frominterrogating enemies of his
cartel one-day who might end upbeing executed and the next day
he might be dedicated to anothertype of attack.
like what he did to a mexicanwoman who denied him her love.
>> she would hide from him.>> he attacked her with flowers
to try to convince her to go outwith him.
as was described by one of hisparty mates.
>> it was hard to convince her.it is not easy to love a man
like that.he is in a lot of danger.
>> the bombardment of roses didnot work.
he kidnapped her and ended upmarrying her.
this was just one of thousandsof stories of passion and
violence that preceded his storywith emma coronel.
a journalist covered the trial.>> el chapo was said to have
raped one of the witnesses.we know he is violent, a
misogynist.>> he loves women.
how do you handle that?>> like any woman.
it is not something we like.>> what do you tell him?
>> i have always been veryhonest with him.
telling them what i feel.it is a situation that no woman
likes.>> in 2016 in sinaloa, coronel
spoke about her relationshipduring a long interview.
she was born in this houseenduring a.
-- in durango.she was surrounded by drug
traffickers and her family.>> what i hear people say about
my brothers or father, my father, when my husband was arrested,
he was punished.when he came back, he was
punished.>> guzman met coronel when she
was a contestant in a beautypageant.
>> at the age of 17, peoplecount the votes.
whoever has the most votes getscrowned.
>> it is a small town.he is admired.
she is this young girl whosefamily is also involved in drug
trafficking.she is very pretty.
>> how did he win her over?>>s way of speaking.
we had a nice friendship.>> he is a man who has a lot
more experience, power,authority.
he is also 30 years older thanher.
>> the couple married in july,2007.
the united states was offering$5 million for the capture of
guzman.he arrived at the ceremony with
200 bodyguards.it was a very modest ceremony.
>> very intimate.just my family.
>> whether or not this was alegal marriage is something that
has been the topic ofspeculation.
>> your wifes name?>> the woman i am married to is
alejandra salazar.>> what?
>> the woman i live with is emmacoronel.
>> in 2016, emma coronel saidshe did not know about the
illegal activities of guzman.>> everything he is accused of
are things i do not knowanything about.
>> she suffered the consequencesof being the wife of one of the
most wanted men in the world.>> i think she became close to
his lifestyle.she learned where the arms were
hidden.>> she came to our interview on
time and without bodyguards.we covered many topics,
including the escape of guzmanshe is accused to being an
accomplice of, to her opinion oftrump.
>> did he explain what theescape was like?
>> of course not.>> why not?
>> it is not something i want toknow about.
for my own good and the good ofmy children.
>> mr. trump says guzmanthreatened him with death.
what do think about that?>> i think he is giving himself
too much credit.he would not hurt sunday like
that.>> this content is exclusively.
>> we recorded a film regardinghis life.
his voice messages made it clearthat he was smitten with her.
>> would you like her to playyou in a movie?
>> it would be an honor.for a woman that with that kind
of career.>> what was the best gift he
gave you?>> he gave me two gifts, my
daughters.they are the best thing i have.
>> with the twins, this was herfirst experience with american
agents.>> at 6:00 a.m., we heard the
doors get knocked down.that is when i heard voices
identifying themselves.that is when the arrests took
place.>> your attorney said there were
american agents there.>> my eyes were blindfolded.
i did not see them.i heard they were speaking
english.>> on february 22, 2021, she was
arrested.>> do you think the american
government might negotiate withher in exchange for information
on the drug cartels?>> i think they would like that.
i think when she arrived frommexico, that was the proposal
that the american government hadfor her.
she said she did not want to doit.
>> the problem is she is notjust one more lover or wife.
who did not have a publicprofile.
she is somebody who is knownthroughout the world as a
beautiful, young, beauty queen,wife of the most wanted man in
the last few years.>> when we return, details into
the investigation.>> she would send messages
saying, we need a clock with gpsto find out exactly where el
>> emma coronel always said shewas innocent.
she said her husband lived offthe sale of beans and corn.
>> emma coronel did not hide herappreciation of the united
states.>> what do you like about it?
>> the lifestyle.people are more organized.
>> she thought it was a countrywho would offer her daughters a
better future.they were born in this hospital
in san diego, california.>> i think the u.s. is a good
choice.i need them to be where i am.
>> the situation was a possibleextradition of guzman to the
u.s..coronel told us that she did not
know how the american justicesystem work.
>> i dont know not -- muchabout the justice system.
>> now she will have to learnfirsthand how that justice
system works in a country shelikes so much.
to defend herself against them.>> and fbi agent signed the
order.she was an accomplice to her
husband drug traffickingactivity.
and to his prison escape in2015.
this is where the tunnel thatguzman escaped from, the land
was bought by her.an agent says he received a
million dollars as an advance.coronel says she did not have
much of the time.>> we did not have much.
>> he thought nothing wouldhappen.
>> he was never afraid that shewould be apprehended.
it never crossed her mind.>> coronel did not seem to be a
priority.>> my impression was she is
supportive of her husband.we know she would visit him.
>> after the escape, and as aresult of the u.s. sanctions,
the mexican government went intoher bank accounts.
her fathers accounts were alsofrozen.
>> we added them to the list ofpeople who were blocked on both
sides of the border.>> guzman was arrested once
again.>> el chapo tried to escape a
third time.>> and 2019, a correspondent for
univision said he planned toescape again.
>> there was a sign that worriedus.
sounds in the towers.they were sounds that we heard
in the first escape.>> now the accusation affirms
that coronel had paid $2 millionto mexican officials so they
would allow a third escape.el chapo was watched day and
night in the present.authorities were so worried he
would escape again that theywould leave videos recording
even in the most intimatemoments with coronel.
according to a source, coronelnever stopped visiting guzman
when he was in prison.she launched a campaign to
accused the government of humanrights abuses.
>> he has high blood pressure.we are very worried.
they have not let him sleep.>> the federal government
alleges that, in addition to thehumanitarian visit, she was
transporting messages regardinghis drug trafficking business.
in one, he gives instructions.he says, tell him to increase
production.the first part has to be my
part.the investigation identifies
coronel as a participant in thedrug trafficking.
>> the charges are serious.they involve marijuana,
she faces a minimum of 10 years.and a maximum of life in prison.
>> who ended up giving up emmacoronel?
she was accused of participatingin her husbands business.
>> they met three times between2014 and 2015.
ml would send messages.she would say, we need a gps to
figure out exactly where hiscell is.
we also need to buy some landnear the prison.
>> this is how she remembers it.she wrote a book about it.
>> emma was there during thetrial.
you could tell she was tense.>> what might be the
consequences of the attorneystestimony?
>> she may be a co-conspirator.>> how can you explain that she
was a witness but didnt doanything about it?
>> lawyers told her not to hide.she was exposed and could be
arrested.>> when we return, why the
arrest of emma coronel >> >> didnot surprise people.
there are things we cannot say.>> in mexico, the arrest of emma
coronel did not provoke as muchsurprise as was expected.
if anything, it generatedindifference.
we look at what happened in theland that gave birth to joaquin
guzman loera after it wasannounced that coronel was
arrested in the u.s. and how maypeople have chosen to remain
silent.>> julio con -- cualiacan looks
like one more city on thepacific.
but there are differences.the voluptuous women, the cars,
and the people who are mostwell-known.
when emma coronel was arrested,the spotlight was aimed here.
>> the big surprise was thatnothing happened.
he found out that emma coronelhad been arrested.
>> others preferred not to givean opinion.
>> you never know.how responsible she mightve
been.>> there are things that cannot
be said.it is a difference that can be
marked.when he was arrested for the
final time, protests occurred.when the army tried to arrest
his son, hundreds of peoplefilled the streets.
he saw this vehicle shot up.he was assassinated last year.
he does community servicebecause he does not want more
children to end up like heated.more women are questioning emma
coronel.>> she had a lot of money, but
now shes in jail.what good was all of the money
they make killing people orwhatever they were doing?
>> what they had not figured waspeople in the cartel threatened
civil society.he works for a university.
he says that attacking societyat large could affect el chapos
children.>> if they dont do an
intelligent reading of what ishappening, they will continue
making mistakes.they will end up facing arrest
warrants.>> el chapos oldest sons are
known as the heads of thecartel.
15 men were murdered.people say all of the victims
belonged to a rival gang.a convoy was ambushed with
powerful weapons.five military officers were
murdered.a group of 12 came to support
them.>> they heard no one was
supporting them.>> what they did not know was
the criminals had orders toleave soldiers alone.
>> emily police officers fromthe group are alive?
>> no one is still alive.three are disappeared.
the other nine were killedleaving work or arriving at
their house.there is no one who can say i
was there, this is whathappened.
>> she is a founder of warriorbloodhounds.
500 women looking for theirloved ones who have disappeared.
over 7000 are missing.they have been shot at that they
continue working.they have found over 150 bodies.
many mothers have come to heroffice.
>> they tell me their son wentwith him and now they are
disappeared.they are young.
teenagers.>> that is why she does not have
hope that there will be peace insinaloa as a result of the
arrests.emma coronel absence here seems
like a betrayal.in the reduction of a sentence
has revived a hatred.>> i think the beehive will be
disturbed again.>> since he found out about her
capture, the mexican presidentwashed his hands of the topic.
>> it is something that wasdecided in the u.s.
>> that is why many people askthemselves if coronel will
betray horse -- her stepsons.or if she will say where he is.
for those who believe peopleswords, it looks like all they
have left his faith.people continue visiting this
chapel.the patron saint of drug
>> today, many people in sinaloaare no longer willing to protect
anyone.>> it is not that all of us are
>> this could leave peoplebetween a rock and a hard place.
after the break, we hear from anobserver at his trial.
someone accused herself.>> she is the archetypical drug
trafficker wife.>> throughout her life, emma
coronel learned to be a queen.she was a beauty queen and
during a -- in durango.she never imagined that one day
she would have a starring rolein court.
a court filled with judges,attorneys, witnesses.
we hear how emma coronel was forseveral months a queen in court.
♪>> it could be said that since
november 2018, emma coronelenjoyed every entrance and exit
to a courthouse in brooklyn, newyork.
what she did not imagine andwhat no one imagined was that
the woman who in social medialooked like a modern queen would
herself be accused.>> did she seem like a queen in
the courthouse?>> i think she looked like a
queen.she behaved like a queen.
sometimes, she wanted to soundlike a queen.
>> everything around emmacoronel drew attention.
>> she understood how cameraswork.
how media work.and how a silence can say a lot.
>> during the almost nine monthsthat the trial took place, she
observed her carefully.>> she handled the enigma that
she caused.she entered very well dressed.
made up.it is hard to be that made up.
>> she dressed to draw attentionto herself.
she treated it as her runway.as her own red carpet.
>> we knew she was coming.it was like she was a famous
actors.>> she was followed from the
moment she arrived to the momentshe left.
she walked with her exclusiveshoes.
>> she was at her best moment.you could tell she enjoyed
walking down that runway filledwith photographers, cameras,
reporters, people trying to getany comment from her.
>> even if she did not have acape and a crown, that court was
her kingdom.>> we have seen emma coronel
walking with snow, under thesun, under the reign.
rain.>> did she like that attention
from the media?>> yes.
one night, i remember there wasa group of about six young
mexicans awaiting.they said to her, we follow you
on instagram.would you take a picture with
us?and she accepted.
she took a picture with them.and she started talking to them.
>> inside the courthouse,coronel had other priorities.
he interviewed her and coveredthe trial.
>> she was on the bench behindme.
she was a was asking aboutthings she did not fully
understand.her english, at least at that
time, was not good enough tounderstand.
>> what you think her role wasin the courthouse?
>> i think she was in anemotional support for him.
even though communications waslimited to her facial
expressions.nothing beyond that.
but i think she fulfilled thatrole farewell.
>> she spoke with her in thebathroom.
>> she was obsessed with herhair.
at one moment, a young womansaid to her, i like how your
hair is so shiny.she said she uses a shampoo that
costs $150 a bottle.and it is made exclusively in
mexico.>> she was proud of her hair.
she touched it during the trial.according to journalists, she
touched it to serve -- sootheher nerves.
>> witnesses were saying thingsthat involved her.
she would touch her hair thisway.
>> emmas clothing was somethingoriginal.
>> these were not copies.they were not knockoffs.
they were originals.one time, we mentioned it to her
in the bathroom and she saidthey were famous and expensive
brands.but that she bought them at
discount stores.>> from november to july 2019,
not all conversations weretrivial.
>> she would tell us about herdaughters.
she would say things thatmaintained this human
connection.>> they would eat at the
courthouse cafeteria.she was looking for juicy
details.coronel what only drink water
and eat saltines.he remembers her differently.
>> just like el chapo did notbetray any emotion when hearing
witness testimony, she alsoremained stoic, taciturn, and
indifferent.despite the content of the
accusations that oftenimplicated her directly.
>> her association with herhusband made her dress a certain
way.it bothered her when bailiffs
would undo her combinations.>> her husband was facing 200
years of jail.for her, it was very important
that he where the close that sheselected for him.
>> that day that her husbandsalleged mistress testified, she
and el chapo wore the samecolors.
>> he wore the clothes i wantedhim to wear that day.
i asked, is there a message?>> yes, we are living this
together.>> what do you remember from
that day the courthouse?>> she lost a bit of her
composure.>> she appears in the courthouse
drawings because she was next toher when el chapo was found
guilty.>> i asked, how you feel?
she reacted by saying, fine.no one has died here.
in a fraction of a second, shewent from being disconcerted to
completely cold.>> after the sentencing, she was
prohibited from visiting him inprison in colorado.
only his daughters could seetheir father.
>> is there something about thisthat surprises you?
>> yes.there is something i cannot
understand.how is it possible that this
woman who heard the witnessesthat were implicating her during
the trial, how did she decide toremain in the united states?
to do business in this country?>> only she has the answer.
the next time she is in a u.s.courthouse, it will be without
the glamour that until monday,february 22, 2021, she was so
used to having.>> young and with a business
instinct, emma coronel designedher own image.
>> we are not talking about awoman who is el chapos wife.
we are talking about emmacoronel.>> she began her relatio
with the leader of the sinaloacartel.
she kept a low profile.it wasnt until the trial that,
surrounded by journalists andphotographers, she took on her
new role.we learned about her path to
creating her own identity.♪
>> she is ostentatious.she uses designer clothing.
>> there is this concept ofwomen who are with drug lords.
>> she could be a mistress, awife, a lover.
>> we see the kardashians withfull lips.
they want that.>> he is a journalist for a
magazine.>> she has had surgery.
her resemblance to a celebrityhas given her the nickname of
kim kardashian.>> emma had more of a presence
when her twins were born in2011.
>> it was after the drug lordwas captured in 2015 that she
gained visibility.it was not until the trial in
brooklyn, new york, at the endof 2018 that the rest of the
world noticed emma coronel.as she entered the federal
courthouse.>> how do you feel?
>> she treated it like a runway.you see how cameras surrounded
her, asking her how she was.>> she changed during those
months of the trial.>> she became more of an
empowered woman.a model who knew she had power.
she went to social media andopened in instagram account.
>> she was try to show her ownindependence.
>> he says that journalistsfollow the first lady of the
sinaloa cartel.>> it is emma coronel who has
this personality.>> she felt more secure.
her public appearancesmultiplied.
>> she would share pictures oninstagram.
on her facebook account.immediately she would connect
right away.to lots of people.
>> then her complaints began.>> some pictures began to be
leaked.>> she started making demands.
>> she would ask people toleave.
when that would not happen, shestarted her own account.
>> there were false accounts.she asked that instagram
verifier account.she officially became a public
figure.some followers criticized
instagrams decision tolegitimize emma coronel as a
public figure because itelevates the drug lord lifestyle
as a model to follow.we asked instagram
representatives to comment onthe topic but we did not receive
a response.>> do you think emma coronel is
a public figure?>> i think so.
at the end of the day, we arewaiting to see what she does.
is she a role model?i think that ethics and morality
are another topic.>> while she made her life more
public, in march of 2019,coronel tried to patent the name
el chapo guzman.her attorney appears as a
contact in the paperwork.>> we know she was trying to
position herself.and then we saw her on
television giving someinterviews right after the
trial.>> the journalists thinks that
merchandising under the shadowof her husband was probably not
her final plan.she was competing with one of el
chapos daughters.>> if she had followed that path
, we would not be looking at elchapo clothing but rather emma
cornells clothing.>> with increased visibility,
some of her messages werereinterpreted.
some said she was inside thetunnel which her husband used to
escape.angry, she left social media and
went on television participatingin a reality show.
along with other drugtraffickers family members.
this is not seen well by some ofher closest relatives.
>> many people near emmadisagreed.
she made her own decisions.part of her participating in
this reality show was about hershowing the situation of an
empowered woman within acriminal organization.
>> at the beginning of 20/20,she returned to social media,
this time with a different tone.>> she defined herself as a
queen.it was her birthday.
she had a photo session formothers day.
>> recently there was a photosession in december.
coronel wore a dress designed bya mexican designer.
she wanted to establishherself as an influencer.
she promoted a beauty shop and aboutique.
her fame was probably adouble-edged sword.
>> her celebrity status probablydid not take her to jail.
but we will see the position shehad within the sinaloa cartel.
>> aside from social media, emmacoronel is waiting to appear in
court once again.>> she could face up to life in
prison.there are people who believe
that emma coronel may be offereda deal to collaborate with
authorities.>> we will have to see what
happens.that brings us to this addition.
>> we will see you soon.♪
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