The wife of Mexico's most wanted drug lord has given birth to twin girls at a hospital in northern Los Angeles County, it has been reported.
Emma Coronel, the 22-year-old wife of multibillionaire Joaquin Guzman - who is widely considered the world's wealthiest drug trafficker - freely crossed the border as she has U.S. citizenship.
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She arrived in the U.S. in mid-July before delivering her daughters at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster on August 15, reported the LA times.
The former beauty queen returned to Mexico after they were born.
Birth certificates listed Coronel as the mother of the girls, but the spaces for the father's name are blank.
U.S. law enforcement officials, who tracked her movements even before she travelled to Lancaster, told the Times that Coronel was not arrested because there are no charges against her.
Coronel is believed to be the third or fourth wife of Guzman, the 54-year-old multibillionaire head of Mexico's most powerful drug-trafficking gang, the Sinaloa cartel.
The couple married the day she turned 18 at a lavish wedding in the highlands of central Mexico in 2007.
Notorious: Emma Coronel is believed to be the third or fourth wife of Joaquin Guzman, 54, the head of Mexico's most powerful drug-trafficking gang
Special delivery: Emma Coronel gave birth two twin girls at Antelope Hospital in Lancaster, California, on August 15, 2011
GUZMAN: RUTHLESS, AMBITIOUS AND PROTECTED BY HIS OWN ARMY
Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman is alleged by the Drug Enforcement Agency to be partly responsible for nearly 200 tons of cocaine smuggled into the U.S. and $5.8 billion in narcotics profits smuggled out of the U.S. since 1990.
He surrounds himself with enormous bands of well-armed security and tends to stick to isolated, mountainous regions that are difficult to reach.
After the death of Osama Bin Laden on May 2, 2011, Guzmán became the FBI and Interpol's most wanted person.
He was born on April 4, 1957 to a poor family and sold oranges as a child.
Guzmán got his first big break in the late 70s when was placed in charge of transporting drugs from the Sierra to the cities and border and overseeing shipments.
In the early 1980s, Guzmán was introduced to Miguel "El Padrino" Ángel Félix Gallardo. Gallardo put him in charge of logistics – effectively coordinating airplane flights, boat arrivals and trucks coming from Colombia into Mexico.
After Félix Gallardo's capture, Guzmán took control of the entire Sinaloa Cartel.
He was jailed for murder, drugs and firearms offenxces in 1993 and famously escaped in a laundry cart. According to officials, seventy-eight people have been implicated in his escape plan.
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U.S. authorities have placed a $5-million bounty on Guzman's head and allege that he and the Sinaloa cartel control the majority of cocaine and marijuana trafficking into the U.S. from Mexico and Colombia.
Guzman reached a new level of infamy two years ago when he made Forbes magazine's list of the 67 ‘World's Most Powerful People'.
At No. 41, he was just below Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei while topping Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (67th) and France's Nicolas Sarkozy (56th).
Guzman’s forces last year moved into Mexico’s northeast shoulder around the border state of Tamaulipas, and he may currently be behind a ferocious push of gunmen into the coastal state of Veracruz to challenge the Zetas gang that dominates there. Scores of people have been killed or gone missing in recent days.
EMMA'S FREE TO ROAM
She may be the wife of a Mexico most wanted drug overlord, but Emma Coronel can move freely around the U.S. and use its hospitals.
Coronel holds U.S. citizenship, which entitles her to travel freely to the U.S. and to use its hospitals. By being born in California, her little girls now also have U.S. citizenship.
The Drug Enforcement Administration were aware of Emma Coronel's movements. They did not detain her for information about Guzman's whereabouts because he is thought to be too well-protected to arrest.
Coronel is the niece of Guzman's former business partner, Igancio 'Nacho' Coronel, who controlled the methamphetamine trade within Guzman's cartel. He was killed last year.
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