Former Mexican Secretary of Public Security Genaro Garcia Luna was arrested in the US Tuesday for accepting multimillion-dollar bribes to permit “El Chapo’s” Sinaloa Cartel to operate.
Garcia Luna was essentially head of Mexican law enforcement from 2006-2012. He was apprehended in Dallas, Texas, and will face charges of three counts of cocaine trafficking conspiracy and one count of false statements. The false statement charge was for him allegedly submitting false information on paperwork for US naturalization. If convicted he faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years and maximum of life imprisonment.
Richard Donoghue, US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said that the “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.”