Former Mexican security chief charged in US in drug conspiracy

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December 10, 2019 - 2:06 pm
Genaro Garcia Luna

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A former secretary of public security in Mexico has been indicted in New York on charges that he took millions of dollars in bribes from a drug cartel.

Genaro Garcia Luna, 51, served as secretary of public security in Mexico from 2006 to 2012and is accused of accepting millions of dollars in bribes to let the Sinaloa cartel operate with impunity in Mexico.

Luna was arrested Monday by federal agents in Dallas and the arrest and charges were announced Tuesday.

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn said Garcia Luna is charged in Brooklyn federal court with three counts of cocaine trafficking conspiracy and one count of making false statements, according to a release from authorities.

U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue said Garcia Luna took millions of dollars in bribes from the former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, Joaquin "El Chapo'' Guzman.

Officials said the bribes paid to Garcia Luna allowed for the Sinaloa cartel to safely ship multi-ton quantities of cocaine and other drugs into the United States while getting sensitive law enforcement information about investigations and information about rival drug cartels.

"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," he said.

There was no immediate comment from representatives for Garcia Luna.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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