NEW YORK CITY, NY (The Daily Mail) – Mexico’s former secretary of public security was indicted by a federal prosecutors in a New York City court on Tuesday on charges he accepted millions of dollars in bribes from Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s organization.
Genaro García Luna, a resident of Florida, was hit with three counts of cocaine trafficking conspiracy and a false statements charge by the same Brooklyn federal court that in February sentenced the co-founder of the Sinaloa Cartel to life in prison.
The 51-year-old served under the administration of former President Felipe Calderón from 2006 to 2012.
García Luna was arrested Monday by federal agents in Dallas, and Brooklyn prosecutors acknowledge they are working on seeking his extradition to New York. The arrest and charges were announced Tuesday.
According to court documents, U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue said García Luna took millions of dollars in bribes from El Chapo ‘while he controlled Mexico’s federal police force and was responsible for ensuring public safety in Mexico.’
‘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.
García Luna received millions of dollars in bribes from 2001 to 2012 while he occupied high-ranking law enforcement positions in the Mexican government, authorities said.
The Sinaloa Cartel infiltrated the upper levels of the Mexican government through García Luna, who from 2001 to 2005 led Mexico´s Federal Investigation Agency, and from 2006 to 2012 served as Mexico’s secretary of public security, controlling the nation’s federal police force, U.S. authorities said.
The multi-million dollar bribes paid to García Luna cleared the way for the Sinaloa Cartel to safely ship multiple tons of cocaine and other drugs into the United States. The agreement between the criminal transnational organization and the Mexican official also produced sensitive law enforcement information about investigations and information about rival drug cartels.
García Luna was once seen as a powerful ally in the American effort to thwart Mexican cartels from flooding the U.S. market with cocaine and other illegal drugs. But he had also previously come under suspicion of taking bribes.