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Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of the notorious head of the Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was arrested at Dulles International Airport on Monday on international drug trafficking charges, the Justice Department announced.
Aispuro, 31, is charged with “participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana for importation into the U.S.,” according to DOJ officials. Her husband’s arrest and conviction didn’t end Sinaloa’s drug trade but flourished under her watchful eyes, as she traveled in and out of the United States on numerous occasions until the DOJ was able to build a case against her.
Former head of DEA’s Special Operations Division Derek Maltz, who was part of the hunt for “El Chapo,” told this reporter Tuesday, that she will be brought to justice, “just like ‘Chapo.'”
“We must hold all cartel members responsible for the death and destruction of record numbers of Americans and families. El Chapo’s wife conspired with others in the Sinaloa cartel to dump poisonous drugs into America,” Maltz said. “She walked across the porous border to L.A. where she had twins and then returned to the cartel business.”
He continued, “She won’t be able to blow kisses to ‘Chapo’ like she did in the Brooklyn court room during the trial. I am pleased to see she will be held accountable and her modeling career won’t be very productive from a U.S. prison.”
Aispuro is also alleged to have assisted Guzman with his July 11, 2015 escape from a Mexican prison and had an alleged role in another subsequent escape plan after he was re-arrested in January 2016.
Guzman was extradited to the U.S. in January 2017 and convicted in 2019 for his role as the head of the Sinaloa cartel.
“She, along with all the members of the cartels in Mexico are responsible for the death and destruction of so many Americans and it’s about time. I applaud the efforts of law enforcement who worked together and pursued the investigation against ‘Chapo,'” Maltz said.
“Law enforcement is relentless and will continue to pursue all these cartel members who are killing Americans at unprecedented levels. Last year, we had statistics reported through May of 2020 that there were 81,000 Americans who died, according to the CDC. This is a record level of death from drug overdoses. The Sinaloa cartel and conspirators like ‘El Chapo’s’ wife have been very responsible.”
“American law enforcement will continue to hold all of those cartel members responsible around the world who are everyday killing Americans at unprecedented levels,” Maltz concluded.
Aispuro will be making a video conference appearance at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday.
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REPORT: China has vast network of covert police stations around the world
China has a vast network of covert police stations abroad, according to a recent report by Safeguard Defenders, an NGO that focuses on human rights violations in China and other Asian countries. These police stations serve consular functions, but are also used by China to crack down on what the CCP deems “illegal” activity of Chinese nationals abroad. The police stations include at least 38 run by the Fuzhou City police, and 22 run by the Qingtian City police. Cities housing these police stations include New York, Toronto (which has three stations), London (two), Paris (three), Buenos Aires, Rio De Janeiro, and Tokyo.
Key findings of the report are below.
“Persuaded to return”
According to China, China has “persuaded to return [to China]” 230,000 Chinese nationals living aboard from April 2021 to July 2022 alone to face charges of fraud and telecommunications fraud. A Yangxia police station set up in Mozambique, for example, persuaded a Chinese national to return to China after being accused of stealing money from his employer. Chinese authorities also put pressure on the accused family to convince the accused to surrender.
Roughly 54,000 Chinese nationals were persuaded to return from northern Myanmar alone, in the first nine months of 2021. In July 2022, the government of Wenchang City warned that its citizens living in northern Myanmar must check in with their local police stations or face multiple penalties including blocking their children from attending urban schools back in China. Similarly, in February 2022, the government of Liayang City stated that Chinese “illegally staying” in northern Myanmar must return or the bank accounts of their immediate family members could be frozen.
The Nine Forbidden Countries
China has claimed that nine countries contain serious levels of fraud and telecom fraud perpetrated by Chinese nationals. Since November 2021, China has declared that Chinese citizens living in these nine countries must return to China immediately unless they have an “emergency reason” or a “strict necessity” to travel or stay in those countries. Those countries are: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, the UAE, and Turkey. However, the report questions whether these countries are truly awash in such fraud, as most of China’s oversees police stations are in the West, and only one of the nine countries (Cambodia) has such a police station. Chinese staying in the nine forbidden countries, as well as threats to family members as stated above, creates a “guilt-by-association” atmosphere intended to repatriate the Chinese nationals.
According to the report, Chinese police stations abroad serve to bypass “bilateral extradition treaties or other mechanisms of judicial cooperation” to cooperate with CCP-linked NGOs which effectively “[sets] up an alternative policing and judicial system within third countries.” Instead of using international judicial cooperation, which establishes due process, the presumption of innocence, and the right to a fair trial, China uses the above “persuade-to-return” methods and transnational police stations to circumvent international law and coerce Chinese nationals to return to China for trials. These policies show the power of China’s long-arm oppression over its own subjects.
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