Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, was arrested with a mobile phone in court last week and had "unauthorized contacts" and "unlawful contacts" with the infamous drug dealer, said prosecutors in a request for sanctions against the defense lawyer.
In heavily-drafted court documents released Tuesday, prosecutors said the beauty queen of El Chapo had a cell phone that was banned from the courthouse. The surveillance video on November 19 showed that Coronel had a mobile phone in court.
Prosecutors also claimed that Coronel had been spotted using a cell phone twice, which led to an "illicit contact" between her and Guzman.
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"Based on the facts detailed here [redacted], appear to have used cell phones in conjunction with a defendant's attorney visit after two days of trial last week to facilitate unauthorized contact and, as part of the SAM, unlawful contact between the defendant and Ms. Coronel " , said the court documents.
It is forbidden for visitors to bring cell phones, cameras or any other recording device into the courthouse because of the strict security measures put in place during the trial.
Federal authorities imposed strict security measures throughout Guzman's proceedings. The documents filed Tuesday by the court referred to a "decision of the Attorney General that communications and contacts between the defendant and other persons could result in death or grievous bodily harm to third parties".
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Guzman has been denied contact with his wife for safety since arriving in New York to face charges of drug conspiracy. A judge also ruled that Guzman could not kiss his wife before the trial because of security risks.
The trial, which is in its third week, resumed Tuesday with the testimony of former Guzman assistant Miguel Martinez, who said earlier that the cartel leader had orchestrated massive shipments of cocaine that made him so rich. that he could pay bribes of several millions of dollars to a powerful police commander.
Associated Press contributed to this report.