Emma Coronel Aispuro was born in San Francisco, California in 1989, the daughter of Sinaloa Cartel lieutenant Ines Coronel Barreras. She was raised in La Angostura, Durango, Mexico, and she met El Chapo at a 2007 beauty pageant and agreed to marry him that same day. In 2012, she gave birth to twins at Lancaster, California, leaving El Chapo's name off the birth certificate due to his $5 million bounty in the United States. On 22 February 2014, she and her husband were arrested in a Mexican Army, Mexican Navy, and Mexican Federal Police raid on the Hotel Miramar in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, and, while Coronel's arrest was routine and she was set free shortly after, El Chapo was sent to a high-security prison from which he would briefly escape in 2015 before being recaptured and extradited. She was arrested at Dulles International Airport in Washington DC on 22 February 2021 for conspiracy to unlawfully import and distribute illegal drugs.