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Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, alias El Chapo Guzmán, went from beauty reigns to prison for her alleged link with drug trafficking in collaboration with her husband. She is one of the many leading women in the world of cartels: discover their stories.

Emma Coronel Aispuro’s life changed forever after meeting Joaquín Guzmán Loera, better known as Chapo Guzmán, the top leader of the Sinaloa cartel, the most important criminal drug trafficking organization in Mexico.

They met in 2006 when Coronel Aispuro was only 17 years old and had a promising career as a model, which would lead her to be crowned the local queen of coffee and guava by the local Festival of Coffee and Guayaba de Canelas, Durango, northwestern Mexico, the next year.

Now, 31 years old, after formalizing her relationship with the already inmate Chapo, the model of Mexican-American origin was arrested in Virginia, United States, at the end of February, on charges related to her alleged participation in international drug trafficking, in collaboration with her husband. She may face a life sentence.

But Coronel Aispuro is far from the only woman linked to the world of international drug trafficking. Many others stand out on the scene of these organizations, and their roles have been decisive for the cartel business.

Griselda Blanco Restrepo is known as ‘the Black Widow’, or the ‘ Cocaine Godmother’, Griselda Blanco Restrepo was the head of the Medellín cartel, Colombia, during the 1970s, and a pioneer of organized crime in Miami.

According to the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo, this woman was one of the driving modes of the killings in drug trafficking, especially during their business in Miami. The nickname of Black Widow was obtained by the homonymous spider that, after copulating with the male, killing and swallowing him: Blanco Restrepo threatened to kill her first husband so they separated, and is accused of having murdered the second and the other third.

She was the protagonist of what was known in Miami during the 70s and 80s as the Cocaine Cowboys Wars, and in 1994 she was declared responsible for the murder of the Cuban brother’s Alfredo and Grizel Lorenzo, and Johnny Castro.

After 20 years in prison, she was released in 2004 and deported to Colombia. She was killed in 2012 in Medellín by a motorcyclist who fired 10 shots in the head when she was going out to buy meat at a butcher shop.

Sandra Ávila Beltrán: the Queen of the Pacific: Niece of drug trafficker Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, head of the Guadalajara cartel and pioneer of marijuana trafficking in Mexico, Sandra Ávila Beltrán, also known as the ‘Queen of the Pacific’, knew the world of drug trafficking from her youth.

The Queen handled the transfer of huge amounts of cocaine from Colombia to the United States. In 2007, the DEA captured her after seizing nine tons of cocaine in a boat that was attributed to her. However, she was not convicted of a drug trafficker, but rather of financing a person linked to said business, which is why she was imprisoned until 2013.

In her statement to the authorities, she assured that she was engaged in the sale of clothing and real estate. Here you can see a snippet:

Edina Arellano Felix: Another Mexican who stood out in drug trafficking is Edina Arellano Félix, who along with her brothers was one of the leaders of the Tijuana cartel. Arellano Félix used her accounting studies to advise her brothers on criminal activity.

Although her name began to resonate after her brothers were captured, it is believed that her role in the cartel dates back to earlier, since she was in charge of the strategies of laundering the money obtained illegally.

According to the DEA, Arellano Félix is considered the first woman to lead a criminal organization in the world. She is currently 59 years old and a fugitive from justice.

Marllory Dadiana Chacón Rossell: the Queen of the South: Until 2012, Guatemalan Marllory Dadiana Chacón Rossell was one of the main intermediaries for the passage of cocaine from Central America to the United States through Mexican cartels, according to US authorities.

After she was recorded in 2010 talking about the cocaine shipments she handled, the US issued an arrest warrant for extradition purposes. The nicknamed ‘Queen of the South’ surrendered to the authorities in 2012. She was sentenced to 26 years in prison but reached an agreement to reduce her sentence to 12 years.

However, she was imprisoned for only five years and was released in 2019 after posting bail.

Ana Marie Hernández: the Doll: Ana Marie Hernández, or ‘La Muñeca’, is a Mexican drug trafficker who used the contacts of her husband, customs agent Daniel Ledezma, to transport cocaine for the Tijuana and Sinaloa cartels.

In 2015, she was captured in Mexico and extradited to the US three years later. Her sentence is 10 years in prison, which she is currently serving.

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