Photo: Young wife of El Chapo Guzman gives birth to twins in California hospital
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 with a $5 million bounty on his head.
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.
Though clues to her husband’s whereabouts are believed to have been discovered, officials say it is not always locating Guzman that is the problem, it’s getting to him.
Guzman is known to keep large numbers of security personnel close by at all times. He has been considered a fugitive since 2001 when he escaped prison by bribing prison guards to sneak him out in a laundry basket.
The $5 million bounty on Guzman’s head was put there by U.S. authorities, as the Sinaloa cartel is said to be responsible for the majority of cocaine and marijuana trafficking into the U.S. from Mexico and Colombia. Guzman is believed to be either in the state of Tamaulipas or Veracruz, while he challenges the Zetas cartel which currently has control over that area of Mexico’s drug business.