Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was all smiles and shed tears of joy in court Thursday when he got an early Christmas present — a visit from his 7-year-old twin girls, Emaly and Maria Joaquina.
The cartel kingpin’s wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, who had been missing from court this week, made a return with the two girls, dressed in matching white blazers, jeans and sporting bows in their hair as they beamed at the sight of their dad.
Guzman couldn’t contain his glee, waving at them and blowing kisses as they were propped up on their mom’s lap to get a better view after not seeing him for several months.
The girls are the only family members allowed to visit the drug baron, as he and Emma aren’t allowed to communicate. He also will get a prison visit with his daughters on Friday, as The Post has exclusively reported.
A marshal intervened to stop the family fun by forcing Guzman to focus on the witness stand, where Colombian national police official Yeson Tapasco Suarez was testifying.
He provided details about the seizure of more than 400 kilos of cocaine that Guzman had invested in, as well as dozens of grenades and rocket-propelled grenades on a plane about five years ago.
Yet Guzman continued to steal glances at his daughters, and during a break even motioned for reporters seated in front of them to scoot over so he could get a better view.
The delighted dad gave a thumbs up to the media, and then continued to wave and clap for the girls.
His emotion was so visible that even jurors noticed, with some appearing to turn their attention away from the witness entirely and onto the adorable kiddos, who climbed all over Coronel, peppered her with kisses, and smiled for their dad.
Guzman has pleaded not guilty to a 17-count indictment, including running an ongoing criminal enterprise, money laundering, conspiracy, firearms and international distribution of drugs.
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