US jury convicts Mexico ex-minister Garcia Luna of drug trafficking

Mexico’s once-powerful former public security minister Genaro Garcia Luna was found guilty of US drug trafficking charges by a jury in New York on Tuesday following a high-profile trial.

Garcia Luna — who was accused of receiving vast sums of money to allow the notorious Sinaloa cartel to smuggle tons of cocaine — was convicted on all five counts.

The month-long trial shone a spotlight on the alleged corruption of the highest ranking Mexican government figure ever to face trial in the United States.

It also opened a window on the vast resources of the Sinaloa Cartel under Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who is now serving a life sentence in a US penitentiary.

Prosecutors had argued that Garcia Luna, who held high-ranking security positions in Mexico from 2001 until 2012, was the cartel’s “partner in crime.”


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