Former Mexican President Vicente Fox has fired another shot in his ongoing feud with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador when he suggested that the leftist leader would help save Joaquín ‘El Chapo‘ Guzmán’s wife from trouble after she was arrested on drug trafficking charges Monday.
Fox’s comments came moments after United States federal agents detained Emma Coronel at Dulles International Airport in Virginia.
‘Don’t worry Emma, The president will come to the rescue!!’ Fox tweeted. ‘US detains Emma Coronel, El Chapo’s wife, for drug trafficking.’
During a Tuesday morning press briefing, López Obrador said he expected the United States government to share additional details of Coronel’s arrest and the US investigation.
Coronel, a former 31-year-old beauty queen and mother to the couple’s twin daughters who were born in California in 2011, was charged with helping El Chapo run his Sinaloa Cartel empire, one of the most powerful transnational criminal organizations in the world.
Emma Coronel, a 31-year-old former beauty queen who married El Chapo at the age of 18, was arrested in Virginia on Monday and charged with helping the jailed drug lord run his Sinaloa Cartel empire, one of the most powerful transnational criminal organizations in the world
Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Tuesday that he expects to receive additional information from the United States following the arrest of Emma Coronel, the wife of Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán. Coronel, who was apprehended at an airport in Virginia on Monday, is charged by the Department of Justice with aiding El Chapo’s 2015 prison escape and also trafficking drugs
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox took a swipe at President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Monday moments after Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s wife Emma Coronel was detained by federal agents at Dulles International Airport in Virginia. Fox tweeted: ‘Don’t worry Emma, The president will come to the rescue!! US detains Emma Coronel, El Chapo’s wife, for drug trafficking’
Coronel, who married the jailed drug lord at the age of 18, is accused by the Justice Department of helping El Chapo escape from El Altiplano, a maximum-security prison near the city of Toluca in 2015. U.S. federal authorities also accused her of plotting a second prison break before Guzmán was extradited to the U.S.
The dual Mexico-United States citizen is also being charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana in the U.S.
She will appear in court on Tuesday via video conference at 1pm.
The U.S. government’s case is helped by an informant, named only as ‘Cooperating Witness 1,’ who testified that they were given $100,000 by Coronel to help his escape from prison when he was recaptured in 2016, and $1 million in total.
The informant also claims that Coronel oversaw a plan by which a further $2 million was sent to bribe Mexico’s head of prisons to send Guzman from a prison in Ciudad Juarez back to Altiplano, where he would once again be busted out of jail.
Vicente Fox, Mexico’s former president from 2000 to 2006, attacked his political foe and current president Andrés Manuel López Obrador and the decisions he has made in combating drug traffickers moments after Emma Coronel, El Chapo’s wife, was arrested in the United States on Monday. His Spanish tweet reads: ‘Don’t worry Emma, The president will come to the rescue!! US detains Emma Coronel, El Chapo’s wife, for drug trafficking’
El Chapo is serving a life sentence at a maximum security jail in Colorado
Emma Coronel, who married El Chapo at the age of 18, is accused by the Justice Department of helping him escape from El Altiplano, a maximum-security prison near the city of Toluca in 2015. U.S. federal authorities also accused her of plotting a second prison break before he was extradited to the U.S.
According to the indictment, Coronel ‘stated to Cooperating Witness 1 that approximately $2 million had been paid to the Mexican official who oversaw the Mexican prisons to facilitate the transfer.’
Fox was highly critical of López Obrador and his administration when the Sinaloa Cartel launched an all-out assault against security forces as the military had El Chapo’s son, Ovidio Guzmán, detained at his home as they executed an extradition request order from the U.S. in October 2019.
Fox, who presided as Mexico’s commander-in-chief from 2000 to 2006, took to Twitter to criticize the shifting explanations from the López Obrador’s administration as to what happened with the botched arrest warrant, as the younger Guzmán was let go.
Surely 6 lies in all!!!,’ the former president quipped on Twitter as he contended López Obrador had six different stories to explain what happened.
‘Where are we headed, rather where are they taking us???,’ Fox added, a direct shot at López Obrador and the way he was operating a country that was under siege.
López Obrador would later admit in May 2020 that he gave the soldiers the green light and told them to free Guzmán because he wanted to save as many innocent lives as possible.
Fox also has attacked López Obrador’s willingness to help El Chapo’s mother, María del Consuelo Loera, when the pair met during the president’s March 2020 visit to the family’s hometown of Badiraguato, Sinaloa.
Emma Coronel leaves from the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, after a verdict was announced at the trial for her husband, Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, on February 12, 2019
Guzman and his wife are pictured in a courtroom sketch from January 31, 2019
A video posted on Twitter captured the Mexican leader walking over to Loera, who was seated on the passenger side of a SUV parked on a dirt road.
‘I’ll greet you, don’t come out. Greetings,’ López Obrador said.
‘Don’t come out. I already received your letter,’ the Mexican president said without elaborating during the brief exchange.
The missive López Obrador was referring to was a plea from Loera, who sought his help so that she could receive a humanitarian visa from the administration of former President Donald Trump.
‘Like all mothers, I still don’t know a mother who accepts her son’s guilt,’ López Obrador said. ‘She told me that she has not seen him in five years and that she does not want to die without seeing him and asks me for support to see him and I will do the process. This I would do for any human being.’
Former President Fox also accused López Obrador of forming a corrupt alliance with the Trump administration when in November he was successful in getting the United States to return former defense secretary and retired General Salvador Cienfuegos, who had been arrested in October at Los Angeles International Airport and charged with aiding the H-2 Cartel.
As part of the agreement with U.S. authorities, who declined to go forward with the DEA’s seven-year investigation, López Obrador promised his American allies that Cienfuegos would be tried by the Mexican judicial system.
However, in January, the Attorney General’s office announced that it was not longer proceeding with its investigation into Cienfuegos alleged criminal dealings, a decision that was widely supported by López Obrador.
‘In two years we have not seen a single act where there is justice in matters of corruption, in matters of deception, everyone is released, starting with the son of “El Chapo” Guzmán,’ Fox told Mexican newspaper El Financiero. ‘Everyone is allowed home confinement home, this general returns and they let him go home freely like any citizen.’