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García Luna found guilty of drug trafficking in New York court

Former Mexican Secretary of Public Security Genaro Garcia Luna was found guilty on Tuesday of drug traffic in the Federal Court for the Eastern District of NYfor which he could be sentenced to life imprisonment.

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After deliberation, the twelve members of the jury have unanimously found him guilty of five counts.

García Luna, 54, has been found guilty of participating in the management of a criminal enterprise whose activity continues to this day; conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine; conspiracy to distribute and possess 5 kilograms or more of cocaine with the intent to distribute it in the United States, and conspiracy to import the same amount or more.

The fifth offense was that of giving false testimony to the US authorities when he applied for citizenship.

Judge Brian Cogan has announced that it will issue a sentence on June 27 at 11 in the morning.

García Luna worked in the intelligence corps for a decade, headed the Federal Investigation Agency (AFI), whose main objective was to fight organized crime, during the Government of Vicente Fox (2000-2006), and was Secretary of Public Security during the six-year term of Felipe Calderón (2006-2012).

Since 2012 he has lived in Florida, from where, according to what the Prosecutor’s Office showed during the trial, he regularly travels to Mexico.

The former official was arrested in December 2019 in Dallas (Texas, USA) and was in prison until the start of the trial on January 17, when jury selection began.

Source: Elcomercio

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