The young wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has given birth to twins, delivering the children in a California hospital on August 15.
Emma Coronel, 22, gave birth to twin girls at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, California. She is said to be Guzman’s third or fourth wife. The couple was married on the day of Coronel’s 18th birthday back in 2007 in a lavish wedding in the highlands of central Mexico.
Guzman, 54, is the billionaire head of the Sinaloa cartel, one of Mexico’s most dangerous and most powerful narco groups. He is currently a fugitive, and one of the government’s most wanted men.
Coronel is the niece of Guzman’s former partner Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel, who was killed during a shootout with the Mexican army in July 2010. Emma is said to have drawn Guzman’s attention when she entered the regional Miss Coffee and Guava beauty contest. She went on to win the pageant, likely with Guzman’s help, and the two married only a few months later.
The couple’s girls were born August 15 at 3:50 and 3:51 p.m. Since the twin girls were born in the U.S., they are now U.S. citizens like their mother.
U.S. federal agents were apparently keeping tabs on Coronel long before she entered the U.S. and continue to watch her though she has now taken her daughters and returned to Mexico.