Lucero Sánchez, the "Chapodiputada", seeks bail in the US
Lucero Guadalupe Sánchez López, known as the "Chapodiputada", confessed that she passed "terror" in her testimony in the trial against Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán and that she is going through "a hell", so her lawyers will ask her to he is released on bail until a sentence is passed on him for the crime of drug trafficking for which he pleaded guilty.
Sanchez Lopez appeared in a Washington court in a suit of prey, straight hair cocked and his usual twitch in the eyes. He did not say anything: the whole explanation fell on his lawyer, Heather Shaner.
The lawyer was in charge of explaining to Judge Rudolph Contreras the "harsh" conditions in which her client has lived in recent months.
He detailed the ordeal that the "Chapodiputada" went through during his testimony at the Brooklyn court where "El Chapo" was tried; not only the emotional impact during the two days of his testimony, but all the time he was in a New York jail.
Sánchez López was one of the witnesses of the case of the capo of the Sinaloa Cartel that had the most impact in the process, confessing the supposed relationship of lovers and partners with the drug trafficker.
Her statement was marked by the crying that he could not repress in one of the moments of the trial, and the appearance of Guzmán Loera and his current wife, Emma Coronel, dressed in the same way (burgundy velvet jacket and white shirt) send a direct message to the "Chapodiputada", who looked shaking and afraid on the stand.
The hardships of Sánchez López in New York did not end in the emotional field, according to his lawyer. The treatment in the prison where he was for two weeks, at times "in solitary confinement without any explanation", coincided with an electrical fault in the prison that was maintained during his stay there.
Shaner, who criticized that he was not allowed to visit his defendant the two times he went to see her, said she was not given hot food or the medicines she needs for anxiety.
The treatment suffered by Sánchez López was the trigger for lawyer Shaner to request the release on bail of her client, who has not seen her two small children (whose father is allegedly "El Chapo"), for almost two years. years, when she was arrested while trying to cross into the United States on the border between Tijuana and San Diego. The government is expected to reject the petition.
There is still no date for the sentence of the "Chapodiputada". Prosecutor Anthony Nardozzi, who was also in charge of the case against "El Chapo," said the government of the United States is still reviewing the collaboration of Sánchez López to see if he asks the judge to take into account such cooperation in the enforcement of the sentence. The new judicial hearing was scheduled for June 5.
The "Chapodiputada" pleaded guilty to a drug crime in October, weeks before declaring in the trial against Guzmán Loera in New York. She faces a sentence of 10 years and life in prison.
Former local deputy "Chapodiputada" reveals details of her love affair with El Chapo
The trial of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán in the Federal Court of Brooklyn, in the United States, became Thursday a "telenovela". Lucero Guadalupe Sánchez López, a former local deputy in Sinaloa, testified and confirmed having a business relationship with Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán.
Known as "La Chapodiputada", Sánchez López claimed to have known Guzmán when she was 21 years old, but it was not until the following year that their relationship began.
"Even today I am still confused because I thought that in our relationship we were romantically involved," Lucero Sánchez assured the Court.
During the hearing, the authorities revealed messages exchanged between Sánchez and Guzmán Loera. In the texts, she called him "love", while he ordered her to buy kilos of marijuana.
Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of "Chapo", was among the attendees. Alan Feuer, a New York Times reporter, said that the former deputy broke down in tears and had a nervous breakdown when she heard the messages. The session was suspended momentarily. While this was happening, Emma Coronel did not stop smiling. "Literally, this is a telenovela in the Federal Court," the journalist said.