The former drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s wife has been transferred from a federal prison to a halfway house in anticipation of her mid-September release, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In the roughly one-year period before their release, inmates are frequently brought to reentry facilities, though they are still tracked by GPS bracelets during this time.

According to CBS News, Emma Coronel Aispuro, 33, was transferred in late May from a federal prison in Texas to a facility run by Long Beach Residential Reentry Management in California.

How did Emma Coronel Aispuro end up in prison?

In 2021, the former teen beauty queen was arrested and charged with knowingly and willfully conspiring to distribute heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine for several years.

Prosecutors also accused her of financially benefiting from her husband’s notorious drug operation and of assisting in his daring escape from a Mexican high-security prison in 2015.

She pled guilty to charges of international drug trafficking, money laundering, and violating the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (the Kingpin Act). Emma Coronel Aispuro was sentenced to 36 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release, as well as nearly $1.5 million in fines, according to the United States Justice Department.

She had previously requested a light sentence in order to care for her twins, who she shares with Guzmán.

Did El Chapo’s wife go viral in prison?

El Chapo’s wife went viral on social media earlier this year after she was photographed in prison with an unidentified man. Check out the images here.

Who is El Chapo?

One of the most successful drug traffickers in the world, Guzmán led the Sinaloa Cartel for roughly three decades. According to the New York Times, his international drug business put him at least four times on Forbes magazine’s billionaire list.

Despite being detained several times in Mexico, he managed to escape by bribing jail guards or digging complex tunnels. After being apprehended again in 2016, he was brought to the United States and sentenced to life in prison.