Genaro Garcia Luna, 51, who served at a cupboard post overseeing Mexico’s federal authorities, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Brooklyn a week on three counts of cocaine trafficking conspiracy and one count of earning false statements because of his role in permitting that the Sinaloa Cartel to function”with impunity” in Mexico.
“Today’s arrest shows our resolve to bring to justice people who assist cartels inflict catastrophic harm on the USA and Mexico, whatever the places they held while committing their offenses,” explained U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue.
Garcia Luna served as Mexico’s secretary of public safety from 2006 to 2012 and has been residing in the U.S. because of 2012. If convicted, he faces a minimum of 10 years and the maximum of a life sentence.
The Sinaloa Cartel” acquired safe passage for its drug imports, sensitive law enforcement information about investigations in the Cartel, and data about competitor drug cartels,” in exchange for tens of thousands of dollars in bribes to Garcia Luna,” prosecutors said. This eased imports of”multi-ton amounts of cocaine and other drugs in the U.S.”
From now Garcia Luna left authorities and proceeded to Florida, he had amassed a personal fortune worth millions of dollars, he said.
“The government has interviewed several other cooperating witnesses that have verified the Cartel paid the suspect thousands of dollars over many decades, in exchange for the defendant’s security of the Cartel,” prosecutors said.
Among the most effective drug cartels on earth, that the Sinaloa Cartel is famous for its violence and drug trafficking. Over time, the cartel has led a multibillion-dollar narcotics trafficking empire, sending substantial amounts of drugs from Latin America to the U.S., such as heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine.
Prosecutors believe Garcia Luna a substantial flight risk. “The defendant entrusted his private greed along his sworn duties as a public servant, also ensured the continuing success and security of among the planet’s most infamous trafficking organizations”, they wrote in a petition to block bond.