Former Mexican Security Minister Genaro Garcia Luna Convicted of Drug Trafficking in US Court

Genaro Garcia Luna, Mexico’s former security minister, was convicted of drug trafficking in a U.S. court on Tuesday. He is accused of taking bribes from the Sinaloa Cartel, one of the world’s most powerful drug trafficking organizations.

The conviction follows an investigation by U.S. authorities into Garcia Luna’s role in the drug trafficking organization. Garcia Luna had been in charge of Mexico’s public security from 2006 to 2012.

The jury found Garcia Luna guilty of taking bribes in exchange for protecting the drug trafficking organization. He was also found guilty of lying to U.S. law enforcement officials when he denied taking money from the Sinaloa Cartel.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York said in a statement that Garcia Luna had “corrupted his office to facilitate the importation of narcotics into the United States.”

Garcia Luna is the latest high-profile Mexican official to be convicted of drug trafficking in the U.S. In 2019, former Mexican defense minister Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda was arrested in Los Angeles on drug trafficking charges.

Garcia Luna is set to be sentenced in June. He faces up to life in prison.