A woman reported to be the daughter of an infamous Mexican drug lord was deported back to Mexico after pleading guilty for presenting false papers when she entered the country in October 2012.
Alejandrina Guzmán Salazar, 31, was arrested after she tried crossing the border on foot at San Diego’s San Ysidro port of entry. In return for her guilty plea, five other charges, including lying to federal officer and identity theft, were dropped.
According to Reuters, she told U.S. officials her father was Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, head of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, at her arrest. Her attorneys, however, would not confirm any relationship to the cartel leader.
Guzmán Salazar, who is seven to eight months pregnant, told authorities she planned to give birth to her child in Los Angeles, according to reports.
“She’s happy to be back in Mexico and out of custody to have her baby,” her attorney, Guadalupe Valencia, said Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. “She’s a doctor and will go back to her life before she was arrested.”
El Chapo, Spanish for “shorty,” escaped from a Mexican prison in a laundry basket in 2001 and has become one of the country’s highest-profile traffickers. In 2011, Forbes magazine listed the billionaire as one of the world’s most powerful people.