García Luna convicted in NY
Feb. 22, 2023
Genaro García Luna, Mexico’s former top law enforcement official, was convicted of taking millions of dollars in cartel bribes, yesterday in a U.S. federal court. He is the highest-ranking current or former Mexican official ever to be tried in the United States.
A jury found García Luna guilty on all five counts in an indictment that included his alleged involvement in an ongoing criminal enterprise, international cocaine distribution and drug-related conspiracies. He faces a minimum of 20 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison.
U.S. federal prosecutors said Garcia Luna, who ran the Mexico’s equivalent of the F.B.I. and then served as its public security secretary, accepted millions of dollars in bribes from the Sinaloa Cartel in exchange for protection from arrest, safe passage for cocaine shipments and tipoffs about forthcoming law enforcement operations.
Evidence against García Luna came from nine convicted cartel members who agreed to cooperate with prosecutors’ investigation and testified about the former official’s double life.
(New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, Associated Press)
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