Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Garcia Luna's narco ties documented

Sunday, December 2, 2012 |

J. Jesus Esquivel Proceso

Genaro Garcia Luna
Translated by un vato for Borderland Beat

United States intelligence services have an extensive and detailed file regarding Genaro Garcia Luna's alleged ties with drug traffickers, DEA sources tell Proceso. Added to the suspicions surrounding the person who served as Secretary of Public Security in Mexico is a pathetic episode in which he was the main actor. In a meeting of the Merida Initiative that took place last September in Washington, Barack Obama's security cabinet was surprised when Garcia Luna begged "forgiveness" for the attack by federal police officers against CIA agents at Tres Marias. "Deplorable" attitude, says one of the witnesses to the incident.

WASHINGTON (Proceso).-- On September 18, 2012, Genaro Garcia Luna's words left Barack Obama's security cabinet stunned: the head of the federal Public Security Secretariat (SSP) apologized for the attack by federal police agents against employees of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

"I want to take this opportunity to apologize on behalf of the institution and personally for the events that took place at Tres Marias," reads the transcript of Garcia Luna's words, contained in State Department "classified documents" -- of which Proceso has a copy-- referring to the meeting of the High Level Consulting Group of the Merida Initiative behind closed doors last September 18th in Washington.

Addressing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Attorney General Eric Holder and Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, Garcia Luna stated: "We will do everything to punish the persons responsible."

The State Department's classified documents -- in volumes 7 and 8, provided to Proceso by one of the  secretaries present at the meeting -- give the impression that Garcia Luna and Felipe Calderon know who carried out the attack against the CIA agents and a captain of the Mexican marines, and why the attack was carried out.

"The President has instructed us to do our part and our conviction is to carry out an efficient task. The responsible persons will be punished, undoubtedly.

"The agency will do everything necessary to resolve this case and, of course, maintain effectiveness in our cooperation with you," emphasized Garcia Luna in the apology directed at all the members of the United States security cabinet.
 
A truculent figure

CIA agents Stan Boss and Chase Garnes and a Mexican Marine captain were the victims of an attack on August 24 at Tres Marias, Morelos, carried out by federal police agents --then commanded by Garcia Luna-- wearing civilian clothes and using AK-47s.

Garcia Luna "spoke in Spanish, and I was stunned to hear his words apologizing to the United States for the Tres Marias incident, while the United States Border Patrol keeps killing Mexicans on the border and no one, on behalf of the U.S. government, apologizes for that," said the secretary who delivered the classified documents to Proceso.
CIA vehicle in the Tres Marias attack
Trusted fully by Calderon, Garcia Luna was always a truculent and mysterious figure for the United States government, which throughout the six-year term chose not to get involved and avoided commenting about the hundreds of reports it has about the former head of the SSP's ties with organized crime.

"The intelligence services have a bulky file of reports compiled in Mexico and the U.S. that point to  possible links that Garcia Luna has with members of drug trafficking (organizations). For example, with the Beltran Leyvas, with the Zetas and the Gulf Cartel. Some of this information goes back to the Fox administration," a DEA agent, who asked to remain anonymous, tells Proceso.

"If the (Enrique) Pena Nieto government decides to review and follow up the intelligence information regarding Garcia Luna, it's possible that this will clear up some of the doubts and mysteries there are in the Calderon government's struggle against drug trafficking," he specifies.

-- Why now, when Calderon's term is ending, are the U.S. agencies speaking out more openly about Garcia Luna? Why didn't they do this before, if they already had important intelligence information about his?-- the DEA source is asked.

-- Out or respect for Mexican institutions and because he was the direct contact with the United States, assigned by the Mexican president. Only because of that.

-- In the United States, is there proof that could directly implicate Garcia Luna with drug trafficking?

-- There's detailed information. Development of the investigations is the responsibility of Mexican federal authorities, if they have the will to do this and to develop an inquiry-- he answers.

Edgar Valdez Villareal, La Barbie, in a letter  published on November 28 in the journal Reforma, claims that Garcia Luna has been on the payroll of drug trafficking groups for ten years.

"I swear that he has received money from me, from drug trafficking and organized crime, also with a select group made up of Armando Espinosa de Benito, who works with the DEA and would  leak information to me; Luis Cardenas Palomino, Edgar Eusebio Millan Gomez, Fancisco Javier Garza Palacios, Igor Labastida Calderon, Facundo Rosas Rosas, Ramon Eduardo Pequeno Garcia and Gerardo Garay Cadena, who are also part of this group and receive money from organized crime and from me," says La Barbie.

(Excerpt from a report published in Proceso 1883, now in circulation).

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Anonymous said...

finally the truth is coming out that luna was dirty

Anonymous said...

Excellent article. Hopefully, President Pena will pursue this but I have a suspension, he won't. Things are as f**ked up as always, on both sides of the border. I'm starting to believe El Barbie. God bless us all.

Anonymous said...

We don't need to apologize for any Mexicans killed while sneaking in. Come in legally and do as you want, sneak in and you lucky we as citizens don't level you to the ground ourselves. What a corrupt pile of shit this guy is! Mexico NEEDS the US. IF the US was so bad, why is there 12 million of you guys here illegally? Fucking cry babies. Eventually people are going to grow tired of the BP's hands being tied by Obama and they will line up along the river and deserts and put this thing to rest. The US is stupid for letting MExico even build a town within three miles of the border in the first place! We own you, you guys can't run anything for shit, your corrupt and a people who can't look 3 years into the future, and you need the US for everything you do. If you don't agree with me, then go the fuck home and fix your country. If you stay here, you know I'm right!

Anonymous said...

US Coast Guard soldier just killed by a panga of Santa Cruz Island while smuggling marijuana. That is US military personal so may not be taken very well. Can't believe people still can grow their own weed in the US.

Anonymous said...

Drone strike him.

Anonymous said...

Wow even though Barbie is a bottom feeder with his smirking smile I do believe what he is saying about Luna, as a American why is my government acting all shocked about Luna? come on now they knew he was a player in this whole deal. Luna is at the end now just a matter of time before his lying sorry ass goes down one way or another. Barbie most definitely is working a deal out for himself with the American Government. I was watching a video of Calderon being interviewed in the Us in 2011 talking about Mexico and how it has the most beautiful beaches, resorts, etc in the world and to not worry about the violence, only certain parts of Mexico are dangerous. Calderon was trying to convince the audience not to worry, I mean 2011 was fierce in Mexico. He appeared more worried about tourists coming than the reality of what is really happening. Maybe Calderon should have been reading Borderland Beat for the most up to date true happenings in Mexico and stop listening to his cabinet who have no clue to the terror out there. Maybe they should all stay locked up in a room and watch the videos of the killings and kidnappings we have all seen and many have experienced and then hear them speak.

Anonymous said...

now everybody decides to talk... They should of done that when calderon was still on this only shows how much calderon and his people where involved with drug trafficers and corrupt they were

Anonymous said...

Bravo!!!

Anonymous said...

The US needs Mexico,your right about that. The millions of United Stated citizens that are stupid i mean drug addicts cant be wrong

Anonymous said...

I hope this bastard of garcia luna finally goes down

Anonymous said...

C.D.G!!!!!!!!

DD said...

un vato. Good story. After "Barbie"'s letter became public, I did some research on Luna and wrote a story that I posted on the Forum on Dec.1: "The golden retirement of Garcia Luna? Calderon's Chief of Police. Major Scandal Brewing?" Some of my story is speculation on my part about what the future holds for Luna, but it is based on documented and cited sources; what was behind his recent visits to Carlos Salinas? His recent acquisition of luxury properties in Mexico City and Miami Beach? It includes a partial list of scandals involving the Federal Police. If you add to or update your story on Luna, feel free to use any of the material on my thread on the Forum.

http://borderland-beat-forum.924382.n3.nabble.com/The-golden-retirement-of-Garcia-Luna-Calderon-s-Chief-of-Police-Major-Scandal-Brewing-tp4038463p4038478.html

Anonymous said...

Calm down Mr. Grandragon you may pop a forehead vein and miss your next ralley. Lol.

Anonymous said...

how do you reform a system that is crooked from the top to the bottom ... and the bottom to the top???

Anonymous said...

borderland beat is a lame ass site.Fucking stories are fabrications this story is fucking bull shit full of errors.Can't any one of you dumb beaners write . Classified documents..lololol your all stupid to much fucking movies, ya pinche veja deja de andar con las mamadas...this fucking gringos you write for could careless about you pinche perra.

KG said...

I think La Barbie is telling the truth....

Anonymous said...

"We don't need to apologize for any Mexicans killed while sneaking in"
More and more of us are feeling this way.We are hated with a passion"the gringo,white-man"always blaming us for everything wrong with Mexico?Always with the negative racist hatred?Hatred,and for what?
What have we done to warrant so much virulent hatred?"Why wont the US help"you hear,and then in another you hear"them gringos better not dare set foot in Mexico or we will kill them"they actually cheer when they see US citizens killed?I have never wished anything like that on any Mexican,quite the opposite,its sad to see such potential being wasted,potential for the decent Mexican people.But,this irrational hatred they have for us as a country,people and color,it just is not working.We are watching before our very eyes,things getting worse and if we dare open our mouths to express concern,we get called RACIST?It is a crazy situation,which in this climate right now,the US cannot win no matter what they do.It is always a big conspiracy to steal oil,CIA/FBI all in the drug game helping to move the drugs.Of course they do shady things,sometimes worse than Mexico,most countries do.But it always boils down to race?Sometimes i think we are better off having nothing to do with one another until we see each other with less suspicion.I wish i was talking bullshit,but i think we all know we got problems.We need more enlightened people on both sides,but the hatred for the"gringo"does no good whatsoever.And sadly i think it will be there for years to come?

Anonymous said...

December 3, 2012 7:41 AM
"Come in legally and do as you want, sneak in and you lucky we as citizens don't level you to the ground ourselves"
Your right in what you are saying and you have every right to say it.You are voicing legitimate concerns,but we are being told it is wrong?Isn't it entirely natural to try and protect something worth protecting?Isn't this what our police forces are for?It is our spineless politicians who are letting us down and even making people feel that somehow we are being racist?That is absolutely disgusting when you cannot even voice concerns about things that are wrong,without feeling as though you are doing something wrong?I cannot blame anyone for looking for a better life,but some kind of order has to upheld or we have absolute chaos,that happens in any walk of life.Without constraints law and order we have jungle law,and there are always people who will take advantage of others with no qualms whatsoever.

Anonymous said...

@ 7:41 AM
When your right your right.But many people will try to make you wrong and something that your not just because you voice concern over something that is used as a political tool.We all know what i mean?

Anonymous said...

Stupid racist detected at 7.41 comment, that doesnt know anything about corruption in the US, go and buy a good book, i recommend you....los señores del narco by Anabel Hernández, and Lear something abou how tour government handles the drug tráfico!

Anonymous said...

GO get em La Barbie...pls have some juicy bits on that PRESIDENT OF THE DEAD...snitchem all out,fuckers deserve it....honest my ass.

Anonymous said...


where is the documentation? they need to share it in order to have an expectation of believability. when media is sent supporting secret documents they publish what they receive. in place of saying one agent being the source, the practical solution is to say here is our proof, it was sent to me anonymously. then print it. How in the world did they've 'verified' its authenticity? E Mailed Hilary? Holder? Please people.

and the standout in this article, with the source and the 'verified bulky documentation' they write 'point to POSSIBLE links'. Luna has been accused of ties with cartels for years, maybe so, but to imply that Calderon is also tied is sensational journalism with no basis of fact or truth. And as an American, I am disgusted by the usage by Mexican journalists of claiming high level anonymous U.S. sources as their proof for their stories. Whether it be a post that someone is the daughter of chapo or implying Calderon is corrupt. the unfortunate result is readers here or anywhere will forget the 'anonymous', or UNSEEN documents or the word 'possible' in this post and will forever more think it was Calderon that is corrupt. He deserves better. Not Luna, Calderon deserves better he took on cartels and captured 3/4 of his most wanted, seems to me if he was in with the narcos they would have been irate about that if they had in all honesty constructed a deal.

Proceso has always hard assed calderon. Proceso and other news outlets have been rumored themselves to have cartel ties and any Proceso reporter not towing the line is killed.

Anonymous said...

Seems to me as a neutral , the only people who know who is corrupt in mexico is anonymous. They threatened the zetas , and the zetas backed down , the us government can get all the information they need from anonymous. Zetas threatened to kill ten of their own mexicans for every person exposed as corrupt by anonymous. If anonymous knows , they should give that info to the cia.

Anonymous said...

Oh my, my, my! Now we learn that one of the top federal police officers in Mexico has been in bed with the cartels for the past 10 years. If Calderon didn't know, he should have known. If corruption by the cartels has gone this high in the Mexican government, how in hell does Mexico expect to ever solve this problem. I'm not a Nieto supporter, but at this point, he can't be any worse than Calderon. Let's hope he sets an example for honesty and transparency and tries to get a handle on all this corruption of the Mexican government. Unfortunately, history tells us that the PRI is not likely to be remembered for honesty and transparency in this new administration.

Anonymous said...

They know more about what is going on In Mexico than you do.
A lot of major cities in Mexico rely on tourism as a means of financial stability and longevity.

Tourism stimulates the economy and that generates financial growth in the forms of consumption and taxation. If nobody visits Mexico, than their GDP will go down because people won't have jobs and Would no longer be able to pay taxes. Those taxes fund all military operations. In turn, a successful economy generates the right context for political campaigns to be funded. Money doesn't come from magic hats, you idiot.

Anonymous said...

Tell us more.....

Anonymous said...

Why don't we just overload the Rio Grande with Gators crocks and snakes.

Anonymous said...

dec 3 4 27 i have physical docs however usa govt rejected the info the fbi threatened to arrest me if any docs would made public. its not as simple as you think. usa has freedom of speech however it is oxymoron

Anonymous said...

And the names of the 2 are beltran & leyva kinda classic two older vato not good a coasty died but reel good so this head in the clouds cuntry finally sees what's reely going on instead of burying it head up honey boo boos ass

Anonymous said...

Why do gringos love drugs so much? I'm from Argentina. I have always wondered why. Please don't sit here and tell me I'm lying. I just want to know why?

Anonymous said...

@7:41am dude your generalizing...stop it!!!

Anonymous said...

Anyone know whether CDS and CDG taken Nuevo Laredo yet? like its been 2months now....anyone know?

Anonymous said...

I live in Mexico. I have many friends. Drug use here is off the charts. It is sold by the cab drivers. In taco stands, by the newspaper salesmen in the street. It is just not reported how much use there is here as they do not keep records like they do in the USA. I have been to many parties in the USA where you do not see 50 year old people using drugs. Here they pull out baggies and use it like it like a cigarette or a beer. It is just dirt cheap here because people cannot afford to pay as the people in the USA. The poor people in Mexico drown themselves in beer, weed and cocaine. It is everywhere and much easier to find for personal use then in the USA.I do not do any kind of drugs but they are offered all the time.

Anonymous said...

MEXICO,
..UNDER SIEGE.

CORRUPTION IS DRIVEN BY ... ( define it 'readers' !! )

... AND doing as YOU please IS A WORLD WIDE PHENOMENA (True or False?)

> Internal voice of many? -->>

- "Before i die I WANT AS MANY PLEASURES AS POSSIBLE ...
- and what I want should be made LEGAL, but if it is considered to be ILLegal ... I'LL TAKE MY CHANCES 'any.way' and grab what I can ..."

THEFT IS A WORLDWIDE PHENOMENA and the worst theft is MURDER for the purpose of SELF-GAIN

Anonymous said...

U get drugs, cheap labor,and not to mention oil. just by cutting the supply of oil u guys would b in deep shit , u r gas goes up and so as everything else food,transportation etc.China would love that as well as , besides the war is on this side so stfu, ignorance leads to prejudice and u r one fine example of it.

Anonymous said...

No shit why should america apologize when mexican thugs kidnaps american women and sell or kill them terrorize us cities with drugs and drivebys the shoot and kill borderpatrol agent fuck mexico the country can rotte in that cest pool they call a country

Anonymous said...

@ 5:48 being from Argentina I'd think you'd have a broader perspective of your own. It's not just Gringo's in the United States its a Nation of plenty, many, cultures AND people.
Not just Gringo's

Anonymous said...

Saludos de nectar lima the anwer is no zeta everywhere estill

Anonymous said...

@5:48pm: Hey Argentina- That's a good question. My bet is because the USA has been a wealthy country for a long time and Americans have had extra cash. That and Americans work too hard and don't get enough vacations. So drugs are an escape. But I will tell you that I think Argentina would also have a more serious drug problem if your economy hadn't gone through so many crises. Some of the biggest cocos I have ever met are guys from your country with extra cash.

Anonymous said...

Amazing how the majority of comments on any post have nothing to do with the subject of the article... :)

The issue here is not just Luna being corrupt. It is a much larger concern about the impact of corruption of the lawmakers, military, police and judiciary. The rule of law does not exist in Mexico at this time. Endemic corruption means you can never have faith in law enforcement - especially if the man at the top is on the take.

The bigger question is how is any of this not known? So many politicians, military and police suddenly live lifestyles they could never afford and it seems like a shock that they are taking "plata" from the narcos?

All police and politicians should automatically be subject to random investigation of their finances. Severe penalties for breaking the public trust should be applied.

Once they learn the penalty for deals with the cartels is harsher than any benefits, we will see changes. But as long as a political career is seen as a goldmine, nothing will ever change.

How many payoffs of $500k per shipment did Gov. Villanueva see? Why were there no questions when he suddenly starts buying jets and houses? Why is he being tried in the US instead of Mexico?

These are questions with complex answers that speak more to the general atmosphere and acceptance of corruption at all levels of government and industry in Mexico.

Anonymous said...

Wait am unknown person not authorised to speak on the record is claiming this guy got on his knees and begged forgiveness?
give me a fucking break man.
the same guys who had WMD in Iraq?
the same guys who lie cheat and steal to skew a report in their favor? the same nut lickers who hold on to their kushy jobs by wanking on the U.S. taxpayer, those guys? and its reported here as fact.Dont know what is more crooked a Cicario or these guys.

Anonymous said...

"Stupid racist detected at 7.41 comment"?
See what i mean,he has legitimate concerns about the state of his country,but he gets called a racist?
Where was he racist?I see his comments as legitimate truth.It may hurt some folks,but is he telling the truth?Has he got a right to be concerned?I would say he probably has,what do you think?
Your the stupid one.But if your Mexican,that explains your attitude.Imagine thousands of people going into Mexico illegally?I wonder what would happen to them?I pity the ones who tried that?

Anonymous said...

"Why do gringos love drugs so much? I'm from Argentina"
I'm from the USA,why do Argentinians love beef so much?

Anonymous said...

December 3, 2012 9:48 PM
"I live in Mexico. I have many friends. Drug use here is off the charts"
At least you are being honest my friend,drugs are very common in nearly every country we could think of,not just Mexico and the US much as some would have us believe in terms of the US.You must be more intelligent and self aware than most.You speak truth as i do and not a jingoistic agenda,which is why i mentioned most countries including the US.

Highest Yoga Tantra said...

«December 4, 2012 9:38 AM»

"Amazing how the majority of comments . . ."

Your posting above is noted & much admired. Well written - thank you.

Please continue to post more of your insights & thoughts. Many of the comments here are just mediocre & unintelligible at best.

You, dear sir, have been fanned & faved! :-)

Anonymous said...

We control everything from our government to yours! killing by the masses, making money and your government ain't gonna do shit about it! that's how we run it hahaha

Anonymous said...

Anonymous ain't shit and how did the Z back down??? i think it was the other way around when 1 or 2 more of them got kidnapped and killed that's when anonymous knew they were in the wrong game

Anonymous said...

If you know what the map looks like then you'd know that Rio Grande is only in Texas! Hahaha

Anonymous said...

Lol

Anonymous said...

First off cds will never take control or set foot there it's way out of their territory they'll get merked that's why they have alliances but it seems that cdg can't handle them so the Z will be dominant there

Anonymous said...

Internatiional terrorist.

Anonymous said...

"Saludos de nectar lima the anwer is no zeta everywhere estill"
This is about the most informative comment on here.
Thanks man,we need some reality not the bullshit about CDG/CDS chasin Z from their home?Guess dude is in Nectar Lima.

Anonymous said...

@ December 4, 2012 9:38 AM
"Highest Yoga Tantra"?
Think hes in love with you?

Anonymous said...

What if anonymous is the CIA or is bring used by the CIA to do their dirty work and exposecas corrupt people in high office in Mexico onl uy but not here in the USA? How many top copos has the USA captured over the last 6 years? None thats how many.

Anonymous said...

1:27 am, when you are finished looking at pictures,you might want to learn about reptiles too.( they would not last long out in the desert.

Anonymous said...

"What if anonymous is the CIA or is bring used by the CIA to do their dirty work"
Yes,and what if Anonymous is anonymously using transcripts to anonymously intercept covert ops anonymously?And what if,,,,,,where was i ?

Anonymous said...

lol @ 8.22 @ 1.16 zetas kidnapped a member of anonymous , after being threatened they released him , it would take anonymous about four heartbeats to get the goods on anyone including you, unless your some backwoods hick still living in the stone age and have never used , mobile phone/internet/credit card/registered anywhere for anything where the records are kept electronically. Zetas bury encrypted messages as email and slip it in amongst all the internet traffic. since all their raidio encrypted messages from their towers that the marines keep taking down , is intercepted by the mexican and american governments. Anonymous can find that encrypted email data and decrypt it easily.
Zetas know full well the capabilities of anonymous and know better than to take them on

Anonymous said...

@5.16 you can bet your ass , that the cia has had a hand in nearly all the captures of top cartel bosses and hitmen. If they were allowed military cross border insertions , without having to notify the mexican government , there wouldnt be any cartels operating at all.

Shawl Paul said...

Garcia Luna was the bravest and the most deserving SSP Mexican Security Services ever had. He started war against drug and weapon trafficking. Since starting his career, he was focused to clean Mexico from drugs, crime and illegal weapons but faced a strong resistance from the drug Mafia and false press.These rumors and false publicity portrayed him as a part of drug trafficking but it was only a fabricated story against this Patriotic Mexican Genaro Garcia Luna. A writer also tried to boost false news against Garcia Luna to damage his social personality and worth. In her book Narcoland, She wrote that, Garcia Luna is linked with Mexican Drug Lords and Godfathers but that was only to denounce him and all these news were rumors. In 2012, convicted drug kingpin Edgar “La Barbie” Valdez Villareal claimed that Garcia Luna had been on the payroll of drug trafficking groups. It was a scheme and propaganda because he was serving his motherland with loyalty and sincerity. The drug lords want to take him off the seen because of the damage Garcia Luna has caused them. The drug traffickers and Godfathers used their black money extensively to damage Genaro Garcia Luna’s social personality through electronic, print media and internet.
To read more visit:http://mexicanpoliticalnews.blogspot.com

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