Lawyer Mariel Colón has asked for better delivery conditions for her clients
Virginia Emma Coronel is the wife of the convicted Mexican drug dealer Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. She dedicated herself to studying in a cell. She was locked up for about 22 hours a day.
Coronel’s defense team member Mariel Cologne told the Associated Press that she has asked for better conditions for her client’s imprisonment because prison staff only remove Coronel from the cell at dawn. Go to the “indoor” of the detention center. Cologne added that he only spent a few hours in Alexandria, Virginia.
The lawyer said: “Her detention conditions have not improved. She has been locked up almost all day.”
Coronel, 31, was arrested in February at Dulles International Airport on the outskirts of Washington, DC. The wives of American and Mexican citizens “El Chapo” are accused of participating in an illegal combination of trafficking in cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana. In July 2015 in Altiplano prison in Almoloya de Juárez, Mexico.
Cologne said that Coronel did not share cells with other prisoners. Cologne did not answer questions about whether he often talks with Guzman’s two twin daughters on the phone.
Cologne said: “She left the cell only when they brought her indoors. That was all. Unfortunately, they did not provide any activities to distract her.”
Cologne added that he did not remember the title of the book Coronel was reading.
Coronel and Guzmán were married in 2007 when she was 18 and 50 years old and was one of the most influential drug traffickers in the world. Coronel attended Guzmán’s long-term trial every day in Brooklyn, New York in late 2018 and early 2019. During this period, he was the focus of the camera every time he entered and left the building. “El Chapo” was sentenced to life imprisonment.
In Mexico, Guzmán became a legend after two escapes from prison, which made him invincible before the authorities. However, in 2017, he was extradited to the United States.
After Coronel was arrested, a judge ordered her to remain temporarily detained at the hearing, while another lawyer on her defense team, attorney Jeffrey Lichtman (Jeffrey Lichtman) sought bail Possible. Lichmann said at the hearing that he agreed to be detained temporarily.
According to US investigators, Coronel passed Guzman’s information to other cartel members from 2012 to 2014 in order to continue his drug trafficking activities while evading the Mexican authorities.
Investigators said that after the arrest of “El Chapo” in February 2014, Coronel continued to pass on the message her husband gave her when he visited him in a Mexican prison.
During her husband’s trial, Coronel was mentioned many times. A witness testified that she played a key role in Guzmán’s 2015 escape, when his partner built a gateway to “ El Chapo’s” cell shower tunnel.
Dámaso López Núñez, who works at Guzman, testified at the Brooklyn trial that Coronel helped Guzman communicate with his children and other people who coordinated the escape .