MEXICO CITY: Emma Coronel, the wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman, said in a letter that the Sinaloa cartel leader does not know Rosa Isela Guzman Ortiz, who claims to be his daughter and told the British daily The Guardian that he had been in the United States twice while on the run from the law.
Coronel said in a letter to Mexico City’s Milenio newspaper that Guzman was not aware of the existence of his supposed daughter until he was sent to the Altiplano maximum-security prison in the central state of Mexico, which
surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area.
“(Guzman) told me that this woman started writing him letters saying that her mother had told her that he was her father, it was the first time he had heard of her,” Coronel said.
The drug lord’s wife said he replied “out of courtesy” and did not challenge Guzman Ortiz’s story.
Guzman “has no recollection of who her mother, named Maria Luisa, was” and his sisters have no knowledge of the woman’s existence, Coronel said.
Guzman Ortiz told the media that Mexican officials facilitated the Sinaloa cartel leader’s escape and also helped him remain free in connection with an “agreement” before eventually betraying him.
The 39-year-old California businesswoman said the drug lord crossed the U.S.-Mexico border to visit relatives after he escaped from the Altiplano I maximum-security prison outside Mexico City on July 11, 2015, through a 1.5-kilometer (nearly one-mile) tunnel dug to his cell, although she did not indicate how he managed to evade detection by border agents.
The drug kingpin, who was one of the world’s most-wanted fugitives, was recaptured on Jan. 8 in Sinaloa, a state in northwestern Mexico.
The woman claimed Guzman was at her house in California, where she lives with her four children, in late 2015.
El Chapo has several family members in the United States, the birthplace of his third wife, former beauty queen Emma Coronel.
Guzman has asked his legal team to speed up the extradition process from Mexico to the United States due to the harsh conditions at Altiplano I, one of the drug lord’s attorneys said Wednesday.
The Sinaloa cartel boss faces drug, money laundering, criminal conspiracy and other charges in Arizona, Texas, California and New York. –BERNAMA