A woman believed to be the daughter of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, has been deported bac to Mexico after pleading guilty to an immigration charge.
NBC reports that Alejandrina Gisselle Guzman Salazar was arrested last October while she tried to cross the border on foot near Tijuana. Guzman-Salazar, who is pregnant, reportedly told customs agents that she wanted to have her child in Los Angeles. The alleged drug lord’s daughter used a false visa and a fake name at the border.
Several high ranking officials said that Guzman-Salazar was the daughter of El Chapo but the woman’s attorney never confirmed her relationship with the notorious drug lord.
Guzman-Salazar’s attorney, Guadalupe Valencia, said:
“The government treated her just like anyone else caught trying to enter the U.S. illegally for the first time. They treated her fairly regardless of who she is or who she says she is.”
Guzman-Salazar has been in prison since her arrest. She plead guilty to a single count of fraud and misuse of a visa on Monday and was deported to Mexico on Tuesday. Guzman-Salazar was facing five other counts but prosecutors decided to dismiss those charges in order to send the woman back to Mexico before she had her baby.
Reuters reports that El Chapo, who has been on Forbe’s list of billionaires since 2009, has been indicted in the United States on dozens of charges related to drug trafficking. The government currently has a $5 million bounty out for the drug lord’s arrest.