Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Mexico's Former Security Chief: Genaro Garcia Luna Is Not Interested in Plea

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat   TY GUS  KVIA


NEW YORK, NY — Mexico’s former top security official is “very much looking forward” to fighting charges he took tens of millions of dollars in drug-money bribes to protect Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s notorious Sinaloa cartel, a defense attorney said Tuesday.

Genaro Garcia Luna “adamantly denies that he accepted any bribes” and is not interested in negotiating a plea deal with the U.S. Justice Department, defense attorney Cesar de Castro told reporters.

“He intends to go to trial,” de Castro said, adding Garcia Luna is in “very good spirits” .

De Castro’s remarks followed a hearing in Brooklyn federal court in which U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan urged prosecutors to begin handing over discovery to Garcia Luna’s defense.


Prosecutors asked the case be designated as “complex,” given the large volume of records involved, including evidence they said would be “provided by foreign countries.”

Mexico recently restricted Garcia Luna’s access to its financial system, de Castro said, a move that could complicate his client’s efforts to fund his defense.

Prosecutors say Garcia Luna amassed a fortune allowing Guzman’s narcotrafficking syndicate to operate with impunity in Mexico. He is accused of accepting tens of millions of dollars in bribes — often briefcases full of cash — to protect the Sinaloa cartel.

During Guzman’s New York trial, jurors heard former cartel member Jesus Zambada testify that he personally made at least $6 million in hidden payments to Garcia Luna, on behalf of his older brother, cartel boss Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada.

Prosecutors say the cartel sent multi-ton drug loads to New York and other American cities, including the federal district covering Brooklyn and Queens.

Garcia Luna lived in Miami before his arrest last month in Texas. He led Mexico’s Federal Investigation Agency from 2001 to 2005, and from 2006 to 2012 served as Mexico’s secretary of public security before relocating to the U.S.

18 comments:

  1. Off topic - sorry

    just to notify you of

    Mexico drug war coverage on VICE https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/vb5jn8/mexicos-other-drug-war-is-addiction-and-its-rehabs-are-terrifying


    and

    article about Italian mafia, interesting statistics about money laundering and cocaine trafficking

    https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-mafia-is-more-powerful-than-it-s-ever-been?utm_source=pocket-newtab

    gracias

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  2. Well if he isnt interested in a plea deal the Americans will give him the maximum penalty. Even el chapo couldnt escape.

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  3. Federal cases take 2 years to unravel.. 2 years of being in Federal prison will take a toll on his mind..Once he hears his wife continously repeat "I miss u", the macho man in him will fold..He will not stay silent and cover for past corrupt Presidents..He will get a similiar plea to Vicente Zamabada..I will bet the farm on this..

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    1. It's a game of chicken. You're right, it's still early in the process especially claiming a complex case. I've known people who have have played chicken with the prosecution up until the trial is about to start to try and get the sweetest deal. Every one wants to avoid trial.

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  4. Lol there overwhelming evidence, and he won't do a plea to reduce his sentence, what the hell does he think, he is in Mexico.

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    1. LMAO ! For reals 😄😄 He's got alot to learn about the U.S justice system. Once he gets hit with them football numbers he'll realize where the hell he is. His arrogance is gonna get him life in prison if he ain't careful. The U.S doesn't give a shit who he was in Mexico. He thinks just cause he had power in Mexico means he has power here.... 😄😄Sorry no tortilla 😄😄

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  5. I honestly don’t know why he is being tried in the US when he should be suffering in Mexico jails and punish for betrayals to both sides. To the people of Mexico and to the cartel

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    1. He was involved in protecting a Cartel that was enriched with cartel money made on illegal drugs coming to America.

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    2. Seems like Amlo would like to hug him

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    3. In a Mexican jail he would have a cell phone, prostitutes, and parties. That will not happen for him the U.S.

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  6. His israeli partners and his partner carlos slim helu will clear up all the confusion, and with the help of carlos salinas de gortari, FECAL, FOX and EPN, genarco may even get a Sainthood or a beatification, salinas bought a presidency in DOW JONES for 10 billion dollars, slim is a 70 billion dollar billionaire...talk about genarco garcia luna's golden retirement, Revista Indigo...Hey what about Facundo Rosas and Luis cardenas palomino?

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  7. He made all that money on his salary as Security chief? Righttttttttt.

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  8. This piece of garbage shit should be tortured.

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  9. Wow he turned down a plea in fed ,that means thats it, no more deals,u only get one in fed.Correct me if im wrong but the gov has like a 95% conviction rate in trial, takes miniumum one yr to two but the gov always wins, look at chapo.

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  10. Oh you best believe some has him by the balls and his family

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  11. There is no way they can let this guy testify. Either he commits suicide or he is released based on some technicality, but there is no way they will let him spill the beans on the corruption at the top of the US and Mex!

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  12. We Mexicans are proud to be Mexican, we love our culture, family, food and will yell Viva Mexico meanwhile Mexico muere. We need people to fight back starting by getting rid of the dirty corrupt politicians who got us here

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