El Chapo Mistress Describes Naked Dash Through Tunnel Fleeing Authorities
Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez Lopez was already trapped in an impossible extramarital relationship with Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman when she found herself in an even crazier bind — fleeing with him and others from authorities through an underground tunnel. Guzman “was naked. He took off running. He left us behind,” she testified. The account of the mad dash in 2014 and her tortured romance with Guzman while he was on the run came at the ongoing US drug tafficking trial of the drug lord. Lucero, 29, a former local politician from Guzman's home state of Sinaloa, took the witness stand in jail smocks after pleading guilty earlier this year to drug charges following her arrest while attempting to enter the United States at a border crossing in San Diego. She told her tale with Guzman's wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, sitting expressionless in the gallery. The soft-spoken witness said she met Guzman in 2010 and by 2011 was visiting him at his hideouts in Cabo San Lucas and elsewhere. Over time, they began mixing business with pleasure that caused her distress, she said. “Until this day, I'm confused because I thought we were in a romantic relationship. Sometimes I loved him and sometimes I didn't,” she said sobbing. The trouble began when Guzman drafted Lucero to purchase marijuana for him, with instructions to ready 400 kilograms for each plane used to transport it from the countryside. Shortly after the two parted ways, Guzman was captured at a hotel in the resort town of Mazatlan where he had met up with his wife and young twin daughters.