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Blockbuster private texts between El Chapo and wife revealed at trial thanks to spyware he installed on her phone

January 9, 2019
Intimate private text messages between Joaquín (El Chapo) Guzmán Loera and his wife Emma Coronel Aispuro were put on full public display at the Mexican drug lord’s Brooklyn trial Wednesday, January 9, 2019. (AP File Photo / JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

It was a family affair.

Deeply private text messages between Joaquín (El Chapo) Guzmán Loera and his wife were put on full display at the Mexican drug lord’s Brooklyn trial Wednesday and revealed how the couple casually discussed everything from hair dye and their daughters to police raids and cartel casualties.


Wife Emma Coronel Aispuro, 29, sat stone-faced as a prosecution witness explained how authorities got their hands on her most intimate marital messages.

FBI agent Stephen Marston said the same turncoat tech guru who flipped and gave investigators the keys to the Sinaloa Cartel’s encrypted network also installed spyware on Coronel’s phone at the behest of Chapo.

He said after the IT guy got the FlexiSpy software up and running, they issued a subpoena.

The messages shown to jurors were exchanged between late 2011 and early 2012, Marston testified.

In them, Coronel and Guzmán chat lovingly about their twin daughters Emaly and Maria — born Aug. 15, 2011, and nicknamed Mali and Kiki.

“Our Kiki is fearless, I’m going to give her an AK-47 so she can hang with me,” Chapo texted Emma on the girls’ six-month birthday.

In this undated photo provided by the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, left, poses with an unidentified man.
In this undated photo provided by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, left, poses with an unidentified man. (/ AP)

In another message, Coronel teased her husband, “Recently, I’ve been told Mali looks more like you — but she has a sweet disposition.”

Chapo regularly referred to his wife as “my love” and “mommy,” while Coronel addressed him as “Don Joaquin,” “Papi,” and “Mr. Joaquín.”

During one thread, Coronel asked her husband if a group of men “killed just now” were his workers. He calmly reassured her they were not.

Some of the most Incriminating texts involved Chapo talking to Coronel about having to flee a Cabo San Lucas villa that was raided by U.S. and Mexican authorities on Feb. 22, 2012.

Prior trial testimony described the financial records, grenades and size-9 Nike shoes recovered at the location.

The place was raided at about 3 p.m., and not long after, Guzman texted Coronel to describe his hair-raising escape and ask for a backup supply of black mustache dye.

“I had to run out at 3 in the afternoon,” Chapo texted. “I’ve been scratched up, but fine. Thank God.”

He said later in the thread it all happened “very fast.”


“I saw them pounding on the door next door, but I was able to jump out,” he wrote to Coronel.

“Oh, love. That’s horrible,” Coronel responded. “I’ll be watching the news to see what they say, love.”

Chapo said that would be helpful because there was no TV where he was hiding.

He said in addition to the mustache dye, he also needed two pairs of black shoes in a Mexican size-7, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Robotti said was the same as a U.S. size-8.5.

In another series of messages, Chapo inquired about whether his wife had protection.

“Do you have a gun?” he texted her.

“Yes, I have one of yours,” she replied.

“Put it in (the) hidden compartment, darling,” he instructed Coronel.

Chapo’s well-documented paranoia was on full display in the recovered messages read to jurors.

In various exchanges, he warned Coronel not to talk about their houses on the phone and informs her she’s being followed.

“Love, whenever you see suspicious-looking cars, let me know so I can get them checked out right away,” he texted. “They’re following you, darling. You just continue to lead a normal life. They just want to know if you come to where I am.”

Chapo, 61, has pleaded not guilty to more than dozen charges in the drug trafficking, money laundering, conspiracy and illegal firearms case.

Coronel gave a rare on-camera interview to Telemundo last month in which she claimed to be a law-abiding businesswoman and described her husband as a caring family man.

The couple reportedly met at a party organized by her father, Inés Coronel Barreras, a cattle rancher and Sinaloa Cartel member.

Chapo was smitten and purportedly used his influence to ensure the 17-year-old pageant contestant won the crown at the Coffee and Guava Festival in the Mexican state of Durango in 2007.

They married the week of Coronel’s 18th birthday.

Further testimony Wednesday revealed Coronel sometimes handed her phone over to her father so he could text with Chapo too.

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