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May 22, 2019

Prosecutors demand sanctions for lawyers representing Mexican drug kingpin over wife’s cellphone use

November 27, 2018
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, leaves Brooklyn Federal Court on November 8, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. (New York Daily News)

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn filed a heavily redacted motion Tuesday demanding sanctions against the lawyers representing accused Mexican druglord El Chapo over his wife’s use of a cell phone in the courthouse.

Emma Coronel Aipuro, El Chapo’s 29-year-old American-born beauty queen wife, was caught ignoring the rules at his drug trafficking trial by using a forbidden cell phone, a judge said Monday.

The prosecutors claim that the defense lawyers for the drug kingpin were somehow involved in his wife’s use of the phone on two trial days last week to talk with El Chapo, whose real name is Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera.

They said video surveillance showed her using the phone on Nov. 19, and a court security officer saw her using a phone on Nov. 20. Guzman is prohibited from having phone contact with his wife and his lawyers are not allowed to forward messages to or from him, the feds said.

The actual sanctions they are seeking were redacted from the motion.

El Chapo’s lawyers were not immediately reachable for comment.

On Monday, Coronel got a slap on the wrist from U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan as her husband’s blockbuster trial entered its third week in Brooklyn Federal Court.

Cogan said he was informed “there’s video in the court of her having a cell phone she’s not supposed to have.” He ordered her to go back through the magnetometers outside the courtroom before a cooperating witness shrouded in secrecy was due to take the stand Monday afternoon.

Guzmán, 61, is confined to a cell for 23 hours a day, other than legal visits. He has pleaded not guilty to more than a dozen counts of drug trafficking, conspiracy, firearms offenses and money laundering.

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