Mexico’s Top Cop Got Rich While Americans Died

Former Mexican security minister Genaro García Luna has been arrested in the US, charged with taking bribes from a drugs cartel. – Reuters  Screenshot: BBC/Reuters | Fair Use

Dec 11, 2019

Epoch Times – The former secretary of public security in Mexico was indicted by federal prosecutors in a New York City court on Tuesday on charges he accepted millions of dollars in bribes from a drug cartel, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

Genaro García Luna, who served under the administration of former President Felipe Calderón from 2006 to 2012, is accused of allowing the Sinaloa cartel of “El Chapo” Guzman to operate with impunity in Mexico in exchange for millions of dollars. Chapo Guzman’s Horrific Toll On Americans’ Health

At the time the alleged bribery took place, García Luna controlled Mexico’s Federal Police Force and was responsible for ensuring public safety in Mexico. He was considered an architect of Mexico’s war on drugs and oversaw the militarized crackdown on organized crime which was launched in 2006.

The 51-year-old was arrested by federal agents in Dallas, Texas, yesterday and charged with three counts of cocaine trafficking conspiracy and a false statements charge.

According to the indictment, the government is now seeking his removal to the Eastern District of New York to face the charges.

“Today’s arrest demonstrates our resolve to bring to justice those who help cartels inflict devastating harm on the United States and Mexico, regardless of the positions they held while committing their crimes,” U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue said.

The indictment and other court filings by the government say that García Luna received millions of dollars in bribes from 2001 to 2012 while he occupied high-ranking law enforcement positions in the Mexican government.

From 2001 to 2005, he led Mexico’s Federal Investigation Agency, and from 2006 to 2012 he served as Mexico’s secretary of public security, controlling Mexico’s Federal Police Force. Hell on Earth: El Chapo’s Future In SuperMax

In exchange for bribes, he provided the Sinaloa Cartel with protection and helped facilitate its drug trafficking activities, giving them safe passage for their drug shipments, providing them with information about law enforcement investigations into the cartel and other rival drug cartels.

On two occasions, the cartel personally delivered bribe payments to García Luna in briefcases containing between $3 million and $5 million … Read more.