SAN DIEGO — The woman claiming to be Alejandrina Gisselle Guzmán Salazar, the daughter of Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán stood in front of a federal judge Thursday in San Diego.
She was taken under custody at the San Ysidro Port of Entry where immigration officials said she tried getting through using a fake I.D.
The official complaint by the Department of Justice shows the woman, who’s also pregnant, then told port officials she was the daughter of “El Chapo,” and that she was trying to get into the U.S. to have her baby.
“Maybe she thought she would get special treatment,” said Immigration Attorney Lilia Velazquez. “If the allegations are true, she could have valuable information for Federal authorities on where ‘El Chapo’ might be.”
EL Chapo is known for controlling the bulk of cocaine and marijuana smuggled into the U.S. and recently expanding his reach into Tijuana.
Since the allegations of this woman were made public, several pictures of women claiming to be El Chapo’s daughter have surfaced, leading some to believe others may follow hoping to get asylum.
“If that is the case here, it worked against her,” said Velazquez.
The woman alleging to be Alejandrina Gisselle Guzmán Salazar pleaded not guilty to several charges including fraud, identity theft and trying to get into the U.S. illegally.
Her next court date was set for November 30 until then she will remain under custody.