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Negotiations between El Chapo’s wife and U.S. authorities gain traction


The lawyer for Joaquín ‘El Chapo‘ Guzmán’s wife said that there have been meetings with federal prosecutors which could potentially lead to her release from prison almost a month after she reportedly turned herself in.

Defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman told WOR’s Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning that he and Emma Coronel have been working to come up with a bail package as she awaits her trial, but he did acknowledged that the government does consider the American-born woman a flight risk. 

‘She still in custody and you know I’m in negotiations with the government. Things are somewhat slowed down for a bit and I think will probably be quiet for a bit,’ Lichtman said during the radio interview Monday. 

Without going into details of what Coronel would be willing to offer the government in a bail package, Litchtman said that ‘things are moving along and she’s not going to be in jail forever.’

A government official with knowledge of the case told DailyMail.com on Wednesday that it would be highly unlikely the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia would ever come to an agreement that will allow Coronel to fight her charges from the outside. 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia declined to comment while Lichtman did not respond to requests for comments when contacted by DailyMail.com.

Emma Coronel, the wife of Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, reportedly has held meeting with U.S. government officials in an attempt to put together a bail package, her lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman told WOR’s Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning on Monday

Joaquu00EDn 'El Chapo' Guzmu00E1n, according to the United States government, received help from his wife, Emma Coronel, during his escape from a Mexican prison in 2015

Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, according to the United States government, received help from his wife, Emma Coronel, during his escape from a Mexican prison in 2015

According to the FBI, Coronel helped operate El Chapo’s Sinaloa Cartel empire.

The 31-year-old was apprehended at Dulles International Airport in Virginia on February 22.

Federal authorities have charged the American-born former beauty queen in a single-count criminal complaint with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana in the U.S.

Lichtman, who also represented El Chapo, said he explained to Coronel not to hedge all of her bets on her bail package due to the complexity of the case, which could land the mother of twin girls in prison for the rest of her life, similar to El Chapo.

‘It’s very very difficult to post bail as I said I think a couple weeks ago because she has no ties to America, she’s got no property here. She has every reason to leave because she’s got a 10 to life sentencing guideline range,’ Lichtman said. ‘So, still working on a possible bail package. But you know as I tell clients I don’t want to make a bail issue the end all and the be all because once you get bail and somehow you get it, it doesn’t mean the case miraculously disappears and when you’ve got a case where she’s facing 10 up to potentially life in prison.

‘Those are the bigger issues and that’s mainly what we’re focusing on now and also obviously looking for property to post potentially for a bail package.’ 

Emma Coronel was arrested February 22 at Dulles International Airport in Virginia. It was a surprise, in part, because authorities had made no move to arrest her over the past two years, even after she was implicated in her husband's crimes. She is pictured above during a February 23 court appearance

Emma Coronel was arrested February 22 at Dulles International Airport in Virginia. It was a surprise, in part, because authorities had made no move to arrest her over the past two years, even after she was implicated in her husband’s crimes. She is pictured above during a February 23 court appearance

Defense attorney Mariel Colon (left), Joaquu00EDn "El Chapo" Guzmu00E1n (second from left), defense attorney A. Eduardo Balarezo (second from right) and Emma Coronel (left) sit at the drug lord's trial at a Brooklyn, New York, federal court on January 30, 2019

Defense attorney Mariel Colon (left), Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán (second from left), defense attorney A. Eduardo Balarezo (second from right) and Emma Coronel (left) sit at the drug lord’s trial at a Brooklyn, New York, federal court on January 30, 2019 

Authorities have said that Coronel relayed messages to help Guzmán conduct drug trafficking from 2012 to early 2014, and continued delivering messages while visiting him in a Mexican prison following his February 2014 arrest. 

Coronel reportedly also conspired in Guzmán’s famous July 2015 escape from the Altiplano prison in Mexico through a mile-long tunnel dug from his cell, and began plotting another escape following his January 2016 capture by Mexican authorities.

The couple married when Coronel was only 18. 

 

 

The United States government is charging Emma Coronel (left) in a single-count criminal complaint with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana in the U.S. She is pictured above after the announcement of a life sentence for her husband,u00A0 Joaquu00EDn 'El Chapo' Guzmu00E1n, on February 12, 2019

The United States government is charging Emma Coronel (left) in a single-count criminal complaint with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana in the U.S. She is pictured above after the announcement of a life sentence for her husband,  Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, on February 12, 2019

Earlier this month, Lichtman went on WABC‘s The Other Side of Midnight program to accuse federal agents of planting rumors that Coronel had been planning to cooperate with the U.S. government to help take down the Sinaloa Cartel. 

Lichtman said the rumor ‘was designed to kill her family.’

He described the alleged planting of the story as the ‘most despicable thing’ and the ‘worst prosecutorial governmental misconduct’ he has experienced in 30 years. 

‘I’ve been involved with fabrication of evidence, destroying evidence, lying to judges, lying to juries by the feds but to actually put this out there is an attempt to murder her and her family,’ he said.



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