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El Chapo’s Mistress Flipped on Him in Court While His Wife Looked on


Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera‘s mistress Lucero Guadalupe Sánchez López has reportedly flipped on her former flame, openly admitting that she moved drugs for her ex and the Sinaloa Cartel.

Sánchez, identified as a former legislator in Mexico, described in a Brooklyn courtroom on Thursday how she came to be in a relationship with El Chapo and how she came to be arrested for running drugs on his behalf.

According to the New York Daily Newsthe woman was arrested in San Diego back 2017. Police suspected she was a drug smuggler and money launderer. Sánchez pleaded guilty in Oct. 2018 and faces 10 years to life in prison at the age of 29. She testified Thursday that she and El Chapo had a complicated relationship.

“Until today, I’m still confused, because I thought in our relationship we were romantically involved as partners,” she said. “I was trying always to keep him happy. I was confused over my feelings for him. Sometimes I loved him, and sometimes I didn’t.”

It was apparently “awkward.”

Sánchez would go on to describe times moving 400 kilos of marijuana for the cartel, the Daily News reported.

El Chapo faces a life sentence for drug trafficking charges. He denies the allegations against him, and his defense team claims that he wasn’t really in charge of the operation. El Chapo is accused of smuggling cocaine, heroin, and more into the United States. Witnesses testifying against Guzman are also facing charges of their own, and the defense has maintained that they are trying to frame Guzman to better their own situations.

He faces a maximum of life in prison.

El Chapo is married to Emma Coronel Aispuro, and has been since 2007. She has been a topic of conversation throughout the trial. She was in the courtroom to hear it. Observers said she played with her hair and stared forward at nothing in particular.

[Image via Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images]

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Matt Naham is the Senior A.M. Editor of Law&Crime.