Photo: Emma Coronel
Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, the world’s Most Wanted Drug Lord, was cooking breakfast along with his beauty queen wife when police smashed down the door of the condo they were hiding in Mazatlan, Mexico on Saturday morning.
When Guzman was snatched by authorities, breakfast was still on the stove, an indication of his abrupt departure. Guzman had a military-style assault rifle with him but did not fire a shot. He did, however, attempt to escape through a network of tunnels hidden beneath his bathtub, Mexican officials said.
Officials have now confirmed that the woman who was with him at the time of his arrest was his 24-year-old beauty queen wife, Emma Coronel, who had given birth to twin girls two years ago in Los Angeles.
“El Chapo did not put up any resistance,” according to Mike Vigil, a retired senior DEA official briefed on the arrest. “He was physically tired from the stress of being hunted, Vigil told the Washington Post. Mexican officials said that Guzman was detained along with a man they identified as Carlos Manuel Hoo Ramirez - Guzman’s communications chief, known as Condor.
Days earlier ‘El Chapo’ had narrowly escaped authorities through an elaborate tunnel hidden under a bathroom after Mexican troops forced their way into his main hideout in Culiacan.
Photos of the apartment published by a local newspaper showed inexpensive and un-glamorous furnishings. Inside the condo, the photos showed little food or liquor, just a couple of dozen eggs on a shelf. A bag from a low-end supermarket lay on the floor.
Emma Coronel is Guzman’s fourth wife, they were married in 2011 when she was 18-years-old. She caught El Chapo’s eye after winning the Miss Coffee and Guava beauty contest. Coronel, who is the daughter of one of Guzman’s top deputies, Ines Coronel Barreas, had last been seen re-entering Mexico from the U.S. in August 2011.
At that time the beauty queen had just given birth to Guzman’s twin daughters at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, north of Los Angeles, California.
Because Coronel is both an American and Mexican citizen - she is allowed to travel freely between the two countries.