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‘AK-47 for 1-year-old daughter’: Drug lord El Chapo’s secret text to wife


New York: Prosecutors trying Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman opened an extraordinary window into the intimate life of the Mexican drug lord as he plotted crime deals with his wife and a lover while doting on his twin daughters.

Jealous and paranoid, Guzman spied on both his beauty queen wife, Emma Coronel, and the lover, Agustina Cabanillas Acosta, using a surveillance system installed in the encrypted Blackberries he gave them.


The FBI, it turns out, also had access to his communications, after recruiting the computer expert who installed the FlexiSpy surveillance system.

Read out in court, text messages between Guzman and the two women recorded them discussing major cocaine shipments but also more mundane things, like the kids.

“Our Kiki is fearless,” Chapo jokes to his wife in one message in January 2012, referring to one of their twin daughters, Maria Joaquina, now seven. “I’m going to give her an AK-47 so she can hang with me.”

The 29-year-old Coronel, who married Guzman while still an adolescent, was in court as the messages were read out.

She listened with a serious expression, avoiding eye contact with anyone but her 61-year-old husband, who waved to her several times during the proceedings.