Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Wife of Mexican drug lord El Chapo Guzmán delivers twin girls in U.S. hospital
Joaquín Guzmán is Mexico's most famous drug lord, as well as the world's most wanted man. El Chapo ("Shorty," as he's called) is 54, and managed to escape from a Mexican prison more than a decade ago. The United States has a standing offer of $5 million for his capture, alleging that he and his Sinaloa cartel are responsible for the majority of marijuana and cocaine smuggled into the U.S. from Mexico and Columbia. Mexico has put $2 million on the table.
Guzman once made a Forbe's magazine list of the World's Most Famous People, # 41 out of 67. Forbes described him as "the bggest druglord of all time." After the death of Osama Bin Laden in May, El Chapo moved to the top of the FBI's and Interpol's most wanted persons lists. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has said that Guzmán is "the godfather of the drug world."
Today the Los Angeles Times reports that 22 year old Emma Coronel, El Chapo's third or fourth wife, traveled to L.A. last summer to give birth to twin daughters. The Times says Coronel is a U.S. citizen, and returned to Mexico soon after the girls were born. According to the article, Coronel is a former small town Mexican beauty queen (Miss Coffee, Miss Guava) whom Chapman married in 2007, when she was 18. Coronel did not list a father on the California birth certificate. The children automatically became U.S. citizens at birth.
The Times also says that U.S. agents tracked Coronel "even before she traveled to the hospital in mid-August." They couldn't do anything, since there are no charges pending against her. But it surely confirms that DEA personnel operate within Mexico's borders.
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