Former Mexican Drug Chief Accused of Betraying Both Mexico and the US

Genaro García Luna Betrays Mexico and the USA for millions in bribes

At his trial on Monday, January 23, 2023, in New York, the Prosecutor, Philip Pilmar said the former Secretary of Security of Mexico, Genaro García Luna “betrayed” his country and the United States by receiving millions of dollars in bribes from the Sinaloa drug cartel.

This architect of the war against drug trafficking launched by Felipe Calderón in his six-year term (2006-2012) “took millions of dollars in bribes over and over again” from the Sinaloa cartel, according to Pilmar. Judge Brian Congan also said “He betrayed his country and ours,” and no one is above the law.

García Luna is accused of helping the Sinaloa cartel led by Joaquín ‘Chapo’ Guzmán, to introduce 53 tons of cocaine into the United States, when he was director of the Federal Investigation Agency (AFI) between 2001 and 2005 and Secretary of Public Security from 2006 to 2012.

The first witness for the prosecution, Sergio Villarreal Barragán, alias “El Grande”, testified to seeing payments to García Luna from drug lord Arturo Beltrán Leyva. When the Sinaloa cartel broke its alliance with El Chapo in 2008, García Luna was allegedly the cartel’s informant in exchange for monthly payments between 14 and 16 million dollars in cardboard boxes.

With his wife and daughter present in court, García Luna — who is the highest-ranking former Mexican official to appear in a US court– faces five charges, including participating in an ongoing criminal enterprise, conspiring to traffic cocaine and lying to authorities.

For the defense, all this is based on “shaky foundations” that have been built on the testimonies of people– according to the defense–who want to “reduce their sentence and take revenge on the person that Mexican drug traffickers hate the most”. Evidence for the prosecution’s case includes “no money, no photos, no videos, no recordings, no texts, and no evidence”.

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