A woman who says she had an affair with the notorious Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman testified against him on Thursday at his US trial.
Lucero Guadalupe Sánchez López, 29, a former legislator in Guzman’s home state of Sinaloa, told a New York City jury that the relationship mixed business with pleasure in a way that caused discomfort.
‘Until this day, I’m confused because I thought we were in a romantic relationship,’ she said as Emma Coronel Aispuro, Guzman’s wife of more than a decade sat in the court gallery.
At another point, she said: ‘Sometimes I loved him and sometimes I didn’t.’
During the testimony, Coronel smirked as an emotional Sánchez broke down and wept and laughed as the witness left the courtroom sobbing with her lapel microphone still on, according to the NY Post.
Outside the court Coronel beamed as she left the hearing, flashing smiles for photographers.
A jovial Emma Coronel Aispuro, right, left the courthouse followed by reporters and photographers
All smiles: Emma Coronel Aispuro was beaming after attending Thursday’s hearing in Brooklyn, New York
Lucero Guadalupe Sánchez López, a former legislator in Guzman’s home state of Sinaloa, detailed her affair with the drug old on Thursday. ‘Until this day, I’m confused because I thought we were in a romantic relationship,’ she said (seen here in 2017)
Sanchez, once nicknamed ‘Chapodiputada’ (Chapo deputy) by local media, said she became involved with the married Guzman in 2011, about the time Coronel was pregnant with twin girls.
She said she would visit him at one of his many hideouts in Cabo San Lucas and communicate with him by text on mobile phones he gave her.
Earlier, a DEA agent described how Guzman eluded a manhunt in 2014 by escaping through a sewer system. U.S. authorities have said Sanchez was with him at the time.
Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez Lopez, (left) in this courtroom sketch, at one point broke down crying leaving the stand while El Chapo’s wife Emma Coronel Aispuro (right) laughed on Thursday
Coronel, right, places her hand up to refuse a microphone as she leaves Brooklyn federal court
Sanchez, once nicknamed ‘Chapodiputada’ (Chapo deputy) by local media, said she became involved with the married Guzman in 2011, about the time Coronel was pregnant with twin girls
Guzman was ultimately caught but ended up escaping from a Mexican prison. He was recaptured and sent to the U.S. in 2017 to face charges he says are fabricated. His wife is pictured center above leaving the Brooklyn court on Thursday
‘I heard, like, a lot of thumps and helicopters. I heard yelling,’ Sánchez told jurors about being in bed with Guzman on February 16, 2014, the New York Daily News reported.
A combined force of U.S. and Mexican authorities were trying to ram down the fortified door to the safe house when El Chapo, still naked, directed her to the bathroom where a button raised the bathtub to reveal a secret escape tunnel.
‘It was very dark and I was very scared,’ Sanchez said.
Sanchez followed Guzman through the tunnel away from the safe house, at some point feeling water on her legs.
When asked how long she had been traveling in the dark, she guessed that it was at least more than one hour or ‘enough to traumatize me’.
Emma Coronel Aispuro, center, leaves Brooklyn federal court, Thursday, after attending the trial of her husband Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman
Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agent Victor Vazquez shows video of tunnels in this courtroom sketch in Brooklyn federal court trial of accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman (right) on Thursday
Emma Coronel Aispuro – El Chapo’s wife. She’s seen here Thursday morning arriving for the court hearing with an assistant
US DEA liaison Victor Vasquez testified along with video footage about the failed arrest attempt to raid the spacious home Sanchez and Guzman had fled.
Guzman was ultimately caught but ended up escaping from a Mexican prison. He was recaptured and sent to the U.S. in 2017 to face charges he says are fabricated.
She said she also trafficked marijuana for him, with instructions to ready 400 kilograms (882 pounds) for each plane used to transport it from the countryside. He sought to purchase the marijuana on credit, but she refused because she was worried the growers would never get paid.
‘I did not agree because it was unfair,’ she said.
The former legislator was arrested by US authorities in San Diego, California, in 2017 after they discovered she helped launder cash and traffic drugs for the Sinaloa Cartel.
She admitted took a plea deal to cooperate with prosecutors to help reduce her own sentence.
Lucero Guadalupe Sánchez López was arrested in 2017 on charges of drug trafficking and money laundering leading her to turn witness against El Chapo