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The man who brought down El Chapo: Incredible story of the federal agent who obsessively pursued the world's most notorious drug baron
Coronel shared a picture to Instagram on Saturday taken on a gondola near the Rialto Bridge on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy.
She also posted a snap of her Starbucks coffee and a piece of cake on her Instagram account last week with the caption: 'What diet?'
Her cultural trip comes less than two weeks after a federal judge in Brooklyn sentenced her husband El Chapo, 62, to life in prison, plus 30 years.
He was transferred two days later to ADX, a supermax prison in Colorado, which a former warden on Saturday described as 'worse then death.'
Emma Aispuro Coronel shared a picture to Instagram on Saturday taken on a gondola near the Rialto Bridge on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy
Emma Coronel Aispuro also shared a snap of her Starbucks coffee and a piece of cake on her Instagram account last week before jetting off to vacation in Italy. She captioned it: 'What diet?'
Emma Aispuro Coronel (center) is barred from visiting her husband, El Chapo, at the super-max prison in Florence, Colorado
Between 2002 and 2005, Robert Hood served as the warden of the facility, where no prisoner has ever escaped from in its 25 years of existence.
'This is not built for humanity,' Hood told the Denver Post.
'I think that being there, day-by-day, it's worse than death.'
The Mexican drug kingpin was whisked off to the Florence, Colorado, prison less than 48 hours after he was sentenced to life and to pay $12.6 billion in forfeiture - a sum based on an estimate of revenues off sales in the United States during his helm as the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.
Known as ADX, it's the only federal super-maximum detention facility in the U.S.
The prison is home to America's most notorious criminals, including 'Unabomber' Ted Kaczynski, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui and 1993 World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef.
A former warden at the prison where El Chapo (pictured in 2015) is staying has described it as 'worse then death.'
More than 400 prisoners are incarcerated at ADX where they spend 23 hours per day confined to a 7-by-12-foot concrete cell.
Their only view to the outside world - if any - is through a 42-inch tall, four-inch wide window.
The vast majority of prisoners at ADX are allowed out of their cells for only a few hours a week for exercise, occasional visits to a 'law library' cell, social or legal visits, and medical consultations.
When removed from their cells, inmates are placed in full restraints and escorted by two guards.
They eat all meals inside tiny cells just feet from open toilets.
An expert at escaping from Mexican prisons - he twice did do before he was recaptured in 2016 and later extradited to the U.S. - El Chapo's new home is constantly being watched by guards atop towers.
In the past week, Coronel has also shared pictures of the El Chapo clothing line, which she heads up
ADX has come under fire by civil rights activists who say it is inhumane to subject inmates to such long-term isolation
El Chapo Guzmán will spend the remainder of his life at ADX in Florence (pictured), a fortress that's home to some of America's most notorious criminals. Its former warden described it as 'worse than death
'To me there is no doubt he will try to escape,' Hood said. 'As far as his job is, it's to get out. I think he'll test the system.'
The jail came under fire in 2012 when 11 inmates filed a class-action lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. The lawsuit, 'Cunningham v. Federal Bureau of Prisons.,' accused the federal detention facility of chronic abuse and failure to properly diagnose prisoners who are seriously mentally ill.
Former inmate Jack Powers, who was one of the inmates mentioned in the lawsuit, spent almost a decade at the super-max prison after he was transferred there following an escape from a federal facility in New Jersey.
During his time at ADX, according to The Marshall Project, Powers developed insomnia and was diagnosed with PTSD after he saw three inmates kill each other.
Powers, who has since been moved to a federal facility in Atlanta, bit off both pinky fingers and sliced off his earlobes. He also cut off a testicle and his scrotum.
Mexican marines captured 'El Chapo' on January 8, 2016, in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. He was extradited to the U.S. a year later
The class-action lawsuit is still pending but it has at least led to some changes on how mental illness was dealt with from within.
El Chapo is slated to be held in ADX's most isolated section, Range 13, which Hood said 'it's not a place designed for humanity,' according to the New York Post.
'It's one click away from the death penalty. All of a sudden, one day you're put in a box and not cared about — that's the punishment.'
El Chapo, who founded the Sinaloa Cartel, will be barred from visits by his beauty queen wife. Only his seven-year-old twin daughters can visit him.
Such conditions at the penitentiary have been denounced by Amnesty International and led his defense team to file a motion for an appeal.
While recognizing the pain inflicted by El Chapo's criminal enterprise in his home country, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador criticized the federal government's decision of locking El Chapo away at ADX in isolation.
That money belongs to us: Mexican President risks feud with Trump by demanding El Chapo's 12.6bn drug money be turned over to Mexico and NOT the US
Special agent Ray Donovan began an in-depth study of the Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán saga seven years ago and it immediately became an obsession.
The co-founder of the Sinaloa cartel was considered the most powerful drug lord in the planet after Colombian Pablo Escobar - a former business associate during his early stages of the drug trade - was killed in a police shoot-out in 1993.
While Guzman now sits behind bars after he was sentenced to life in prison - plus an extra 30 years - almost two decades after he first escaped from a Mexican jail while hiding inside a cart of dirty laundry.
As a prize for his non-stop dedicated work in bringing down El Chapo, the 48-year-old New Yorker keeps a special memento in his office: the beige T-shirt that Guzman - prisoner 3912 - wore when he was extradited from Mexico to the United States on January 19, 2017.
Ray Donovan, the US DEA chief in New York, was obsessed in bringing down El Chapo
Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán was considered the most powerful drug lord on the planet Colombian after Pablo Escobar's death
El Chapo is sentenced to life behind bars and told to forfeit 12.6 BILLION to the US government at dramatic court hearing where he broke his silence to complain about 'torturous' conditions in jail
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is preparing himself for a showdown with the United States over Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán's fortune.
El Chapo was sentenced to life in jail at a New York City court this week by a federal judge who also ordered him to pay US authorities $12.6 billion - the figure he is estimated to have earned from drug trafficking as the head of the Sinaloa Cartel.
But on Thursday, López Obrador argued that the funds should be returned to El Chapo's home country of Mexico.
He also demanded that the US return the assets they had already seized from the gang leader. The US government estimates El Chapo's fortune at $14 billion.
López Obrador revealed his plans after a conversation with the drug kingpin's Mexico-based attorney, José Luis González Meza.
'I think that everything that is confiscated and that has to do with Mexico has to be returned to the Mexicans,' the Mexican leader said.
'I believe that the United States government will agree, but we have to do the paperwork, because I do not remember which will be held before.'
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Thursday said he will seek to recover all assets seized by the United States from drug lord Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán as well all of his money while adding that the jail condition's are inhumane, after El Chapo was rushed out of New York within hours of receiving life sentence
One of the most recent photographs of Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán in 2017 when he was was walked from a plane to a waiting caravan of SUVs at Long Island MacArthur Airport, in New York. He was convicted in February 2019 on multiple conspiracy counts in an epic drug-trafficking case, was sentenced to life behind bars in a U.S. prison, on Wednesday
López Obrador's calls for the money to be returned to Mexico, comes as US politicians lobbied for the billions to be spent to cover Donald Trump's controversial proposed border wall along the 1,954-mile long borderline with Mexico.
Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz told TMZ on Thursday: 'I think the next step is to criminally forfeit his entire global criminal enterprise,' Cruz said.
'It's worth billions and we should use every penny of that money to build the wall and secure the border.'
Cruz introduced what he calls the El Chapo Act, or Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Act, which seeks all of the money Guzmán made to finance Trump's wall.
'Now finding those assets, getting those assets, won't be easy,' the senator said.
'It's only fitting that money goes to secure the border and stop other traffickers.'
Nebraska Republican Senator Ben Sasse worked with Cruz to pen the bill and released a state that said that the federal government should fund the southern border wall with El Chapo's money.
'El Chapo's going to spend the rest of his life behind bars, so the feds should seize his drug money and use it to secure the border,' Sasse said.
'This convict doesn't need the cash – he'll be getting three square meals a day and making collect calls from the big house.'
Prosecutors are looking to force El Chapo to pay back $12.6 billion that he made through drug sales in the United States (pictured $1.5 million found during a raid of El Chapo's home)
Mexico's president argued that past administrations never placed claims on assets that were confiscated from criminal figures.
But U.S. prosecutors are demanding he pay back $12.6 billion that he made off cocaine, marijuana and heroin sales during his 25 years at the helm of the international criminal enterprise.
'I listened very well to the lawyer. The confiscation of property, in any case is a matter of justice. These assets correspond to Mexico legally and the matter will be reviewed. I agree with what Guzmán Loera's lawyer said,' López Obrador.
Prosecutors estimated that El Chapo generated at least $11.8 billion in cocaine, $846 million in marijuana and $11 million in heroin.
López Obrador questioned whether the notorious Mexican cartel leader even had such amount of money stashed away. Some believe that the treasure could be hidden in some where within the 'Triángulo Dorado' [Golden Triangle], an area near Guzmán's hometown of La Tuna which is surrounded by the states of Chihuahua, Sinaloa y Durango in northwestern Mexico.
'It was once said that this character, this man, this person, was among the richest in the world and I didn't agree,' López Obrador.
'I truly believe that higher figures were given when there were traffickers of influence with much more money, but there was this assessment for political or advertising reasons. We must look at the wealth with all honesty and seriousness.'
Guzman waved and blew a kiss to his wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, as he entered the courtroom
Mexican cartel kingpin El Chapo's beauty queen wife wells up with tears and gives him a thumbs up as he is found GUILTY on all charges in New York drug trafficking trial
El Chapo has been sentenced to life imprisonment plus 30 years after a dramatic sentencing hearing in Brooklyn where he pleaded for mercy and complained about the conditions inside his New York City cell.
The 62-year-old broke his silence to make a statement, his first throughout his months-long legal saga.
Speaking through a translator, he complained that he was 'tortured 24 hours-a-day' in his solitary confinement cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, where he has been since January 2017.
He also complained that he was denied a fair trial, that the judge failed to investigate claims of prosecutorial misconduct and said the United States is 'no better than any corrupt country'.
El Chapo’s Fate Is In The Hands Of 12 Jurors
El Chapo, the notorious Mexican drug lord, has been found guilty on all counts at his New York drug trafficking trial and will spend the rest of his life in US custody.
The drug dealer, whose real name is Joaquin Guzman, was convicted on all 10 counts that were presented to the jury on Tuesday after six days of deliberations.
The charges included seven drug trafficking charges, one count of engaging in a criminal enterprise, one count of money laundering and one charge of firearms offenses.
The criminal enterprise count carries a mandatory life sentence.
After the verdict was read out and translated for the defendant, he turned to look at her and blow her a kiss.
She smiled in response and, with tears in her eyes, gave him a thumbs up.
They have been married since she was 18. Coronel has worn headphones throughout the trial so that she could understand the proceedings.
Her husband appeared emotionless as the verdict was translated to him. His lawyers have since released a statement to say they plan to appeal the conviction and that he was 'upbeat' despite it.
El Chapo, the notorious Mexican drug lord, was found guilty on Tuesday of drug trafficking, criminal enterprise and firearms offenses after a three-month trial in Brooklyn. He will now likely spend the rest of his life in a US prison. He is shown in his 2016 mugshot
Emma Coronel Aispuro, El Chapo's 29-year-old former beauty queen wife, is shown leaving the courthouse after the verdict. She gave him a thumbs up when he learned his fate and had tears in her eyes but they had dried by the time she made her way to a waiting car
Aispuro fought through a sea of photographers and was flanked by NYPD officers in addition to her own, private security to leave the courthouse
Aispuro was comforted by a friend as she left the courthouse amid a sea of media on Tuesday
She is shown arriving at the court during a blizzard on Tuesday morning. She has attended every day of her husband's trial
'The government’s reliance on the testimony of cooperating witnesses laid bare the corruption of the criminal justice system where freedom is traded by the government in exchange for testimony,' it said.
The trial included testimony from former associates and employees of the drug kingpin who is considered one of the most dangerous men in the world.
Count 1 - Engaging in a criminal enterprise
Count 2 - International Cocaine, Heroin, Methamphetamine and Marijuana Manufacture and Distribution Conspiracy
Count 3 - Cocaine Importation Conspiracy
Count 4 - Cocaine Distribution Conspiracy
Count 5 - International Distribution of Cocaine
Count 6 - International Distribution of Cocaine
Count 7 - International Distribution of Cocaine
Count 8 - International Distribution of Cocaine
Count 9 - Use of firearms
Count 10 - Conspiracy to launder narcotics proceeds
They spoke at length about how he ordered killings and controlled a multi-billion dollar Mexican cartel including when he was on the run from Mexican authorities after breaking out of prison.
El Chapo's defense spent just 30 minutes trying to negate the months of witness testimony.
They claimed he is being framed and that the real leader of the Sinaloa cartel is someone else.
After the verdict was returned, members of the defense team described it as 'devastating'.
Hours before the deliberation, Jeffrey Lichtman, one of his lawyers tweeted a link to The Clash song Guns of Brixton which, with lyrics including 'When the law break in How you gonna go? Shot down on the pavement or waiting on death row?' serves as the anthem for going down fighting.
Lichtman said after the trial that he can 'proudly say' the defense 'left it all on the battlefield' by presenting half-an-hour of arguments.
In a press conference afterwards, he said El Chapo was 'upbeat' despite the verdict.
'He was very clear to us, he is a very upbeat guy.
'Usually it's the other way around. This is a positive guy, he has always been positive with us.
'We judge him differently than you judge him. We judge him differently than society judges him... we judge him on how he is with us.
'He has always been a gentleman, he has always been supportive, he has always been happy and appreciative of all of our efforts,' he said.
U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan praised jurors for taking their time to meticulously deliberate the charges in the face of global interest and pressure to convict one of the most notorious criminals of all time.
He said their treatment of the trial 'made him 'very proud to be an American.'
After the trial, US Attorney Richard Donoghue said El Chapo would have 'no escape' from his conviction.
'It is a sentence from which there is no escape and there is no return.
'This conviction is a victory for the American people who have suffered for so long and so muhc while Guzman made billions pouring poison over our southern border.
'This is a victory for the Mexican people who have lost more than 100,000 lives in drug-related violence.
Triumphant: US Attorney Richard Donoghue said El Chapo would have 'no escape' from his conviction
Defense attorneys Jeffrey Lichtman (left) and Eduardo Balarezo (right) are shown arriving for the verdict on Tuesday. Lichtman said afterwards that he could 'proudly say' they left it 'all on the battlefield'. Their defense was just 30 minutes long. The say they plan to appeal the verdict and that the witnesses who testified against their client only did so because they got immunity in exchange
Hours before the verdict was returned, Lichtman tweeted this link to The Clash song Guns of Brixton which serves as an anthem for the notion of going down fighting with lyrics including 'When the law break in How you gonna go? Shot down on the pavement or waiting on death row'
'It is a victory for every family who have lost a loved one to the black hole of addiction.
'There are those who say the war on drugs is not worth fighting. Those people are wrong.'
He added that the trial 'pulled back the curtain on international drug dealing' and said it exposed, for the first time, the 'endemic corruption' which facilitates drug trafficking.
'This is a day of reckoning but there will be more days of reckoning,' Donoghue added.
After the verdict was returned, the Justice Department gave further details of his criminal empire which involved the cartel selling tonnes of drugs to distributors all over the US.
The evidence from the trial included phone calls in which he was recorded ordering his associates to send 'ice' - the colloquial term for methamphetamine - to various states across the US.
He also ordered the mass distribution of cocaine, heroin and marijuana across the country. Tuesday's verdict is the drug dealer's third conviction.
He has escaped from Mexican prison twice in the last 20 years but was handed over to the US in January 2016 by President Enrique Nieto who has been accused of taking pay-offs from the very cartel that Guzman runs in exchange for leaving him alone.
No cameras have been allowed in the courtroom since the start of the trial but the defendant has been depicted in sketches such as this one
El Chapo was finally captured for the last time in Mexico in 2016 after being on the run for more than a year. He has broken out of prison twice over the last 20 years to the mortification of the Mexican authorities he and his cronies have long-claimed are corrupt
In this 2016 image taken inside his prison cell in Mexico, El Chapo is seen staring at the ceiling
Nieto has always denied the allegations.
Since he was brought to the US, Guzman has been held in solitary confinement in prisons in Manhattan and in a secret location for the duration of his trial.
When it began, the NYPD had to close the Brooklyn Bridge to ensure there was no interference as he was transported to the courthouse for the first time in an extraordinary security measure.
Tuesday's verdict brings an end to Guzman's infamous reign as the leader of the Sinaloa cartel. He is shown in 1993, after his first arrest
The trial, which began in November, has attracted Mexican television stars and the gaze of the world's media.
It was not without obstacle.
Among the most challenging stages was jury selection when dozens of people had to be discounted after admitting that they would fear for their life if they were selected.
Others were rejected after confessing to admiring Guzman including one man who even asked a court bailiff to help him get the defendant's autograph.
There were allegations at one stage that the defendant was secretly communicating with his former beauty queen wife who was seen using a forbidden cell phone during some proceedings.
FBI agents also testified in addition to the criminals the defendant once employed.
Part of his defense was that they could not be trusted because they were violent criminals.
Before the case even reached trial, his attorneys argued that he had been mistreated while in custody and that his health was declining.
They suggested that he was losing his mind as a result of the solitary confinement he was subjected to and that his memory was also imploding.
During the course of the trial, the only people who were allowed to visit him were his twin seven-year-old daughters.
The beginning of the end? El Chapo was arrested in Mexico after meeting with actor Sean Penn and Kate del Castillo while he was on the run from authorities. After his arrest, Mexican officials suggested that their meeting, which Penn wrote about for Rolling Stone, led to his capture
Misplaced confidence: On Wednesday, Balarezo Law tweeted a photo of Hijos de Villa reposado tequila, which comes inside of a bottle shaped like a firearm, writing, 'For after trial. #ElChapo'
1993: First arrest in Mexico
2001: Breaks out of jail for the first time with help of guards
2014: Is rearrested in Mexico after 13 years on the run
July 2015: Breaks out of prison for a second time through secret tunnel
October 2015: Meets with Sean Penn and Kate Del Castillo in Mexico
Days later, the safe house is raided but he escapes
January 8 2016: Captured in Los Michos
January 9 2016: Sean Penn's Rolling Stone article is published
January 2017: Extradited back to the US
October 2017: Netflix documentary about meeting from Kate Del Castillo is published
November 2017: El Chapo's lawyers say his mental health is deteriorating
November 2018: Trial finally begins after jury deliberations
February 5: Closing arguments in the trial
February 12: Jury reaches verdict