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Mexico’s former public security secretary, Genaro Garcia Luna, was being held without bond in a Texas jail on Tuesday, as he awaits trial for accepting a bribe from the Sinaloa cartel in return for ignoring their criminal activity.
Garcia Luna, 51, was indicted on three counts of conspiracy to traffic cocaine, and false statements charges, according to The Associated Press.
A court reportedly ordered him to be held in Texas until the U. s. Marshals and was able to arrange for his transfer to New York, where the notorious Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was tried in 2018.
“Garcia Luna was arrested by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents in cartagena last Monday, on charges of taking millions of dollars in bribes from the Sinaloa cartel, which is run by “El Chapo.”
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“Garcia Luna has been accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes to ‘El Chapo’ Guzman of the Sinaloa Cartel, as he is controlled by the mexican Federal Police, and is responsible for the protection of public security in Mexico,” Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Richard’donoghue said.
“Today’s arrest demonstrates our resolve to bring to justice those who aid the cartels inflict devastating damage on the United States of america, and Mexico, regardless of the position they held during the commission of their crimes,” he added.
Garcia Luna allegedly took the bribes from 2001 to 2012. He has served as Mexico’s public safety secretary, from 2006 to 2012.
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While El Chapo and the test is carried out in the states, and a former cartel member, Jesus Zambada, testified that he personally made at least $ 6 million in secret payments, ” Garcia Added.
Fox News, by Robert Gearty, and The Associated Press contributed to this report