The contrast couldn't be starker. Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, stepped out in Lynwood, California, for a night of celebration at El Farallon bar, two days after her release from prison. Meanwhile, Ovidio Guzmán López, better known as “El Ratón,” her stepson and “Chapo's” child from a previous marriage, was extradited to the United States on drug trafficking charges. These parallel lives—one marked by freedom, the other by judicial proceedings—highlight the enigmatic existence of a family entangled in a web of drug trafficking, politics, and now even music and pop culture.
Emma Coronel, 34, a former beauty queen and the third wife of “El Chapo” had just completed two and a half years of her three-year sentence. Her offenses included drug trafficking and money laundering, in addition to aiding her husband, who has been incarcerated for the past four years, serving a life sentence. She had been transferred from a Texas prison to a minimum-security facility in California, from which she was released this past Wednesday.