The trial against Genaro García Luna, who led the fight against drugs in México between 2006 and 2012 as the head of security, begins tomorrow, three years after he was arrested and accused of charges related to drug trafficking.
The process, which is estimated to last two months, begins after the selection of the jury last week, whose names will not be known, will remain isolated from the public and will be transferred to the courts by bailiffs, for security reasons.
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It includes several bosses who participated in the case against ‘El Chapo’
Last June, the presiding judge, Brian Cogan, determined that there was “strong reason” to believe that the jury needed protection given “the dangerousness of the defendant demonstrated by the seriousness of the crimes imputed to him“.
The jury in the case of the also Mexican Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was anonymous and protected by the bailiffs and was held before Judge Cogan himself, who sentenced the most wanted capo by the United States Government to life imprisonment.
García Luna, the formerly powerful Secretary of Public Security under the presidency of Felipe Calderón, is accused of drug trafficking and accepting bribes from Guzmán, leader of the drug cartel Sinaloa which he has denied, and also faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
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It was precisely during the trial against “El Chapo” in the federal court for the Eastern District of New York where García Luna is tried, whose name was linked for the first time with the Mexican cartel.
Jesús “Rey” Zambada, imprisoned in the US, brother of Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada -co-founder of the cartel along with Guzmán- assured as a witness that he had given García Luna in 2005 and 2007 two wallets with three million dollars each one, in exchange for protection for the gang’s activities.
According to the accusation, García Luna began his relationship with the dangerous cartel when he directed the Federal Investigation Agency of México (created in 2001) and later from the Ministry of Public Security, which controls the Federal Police.
It specifies that with the payment of bribes the cartel could safely pass its drug shipments as well as obtaining sensitive security information about investigations that were made of the poster of Sinaloa and other rival cartels, thus facilitating the importation of multiple tons of cocaine into the US.
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They estimate it extends eight weeks
Although the Prosecutor’s Office has kept the names of its possible witnesses – some 70 – secret, it has already been known that the former drug traffickers “Rey” Zambada and Sergio Villarreal Barragán, alias “El Grande”, and the former prosecutor of the Mexican state of Nayarit, Édgar Veytia , convicted of corruption and known as “El Diablo”They could testify.
García Luna, 54, was arrested on December 4, 2019 in Dallas (Texas).
Source: email@example.com (EFE) from Portada, El Siglo de Torreón on 2023-01-22 13:23:35