Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat Reforma
New York, United States (October
– Former Mexican Secretary of
Public Safety, Genaro García Luna, pleaded not guilty to the drug trafficking
charges against him during a hearing in NY district U.S. Federal Court.
García Luna rejected the three
accusations of conspiracy to traffic cocaine, for alleged protection of the
Sinaloa Cartel and one of false statements.
He also pleaded not guilty to the
accusation of continuous criminal enterprise, the most serious, since it
contemplates a penalty of at least 20 years in prison.
Judge Brian Cogan ( from El Chapo
Trial) read the charges from a second indictment against the former Felipe
Cogan indicated that García Luna
is accused of participating in a conspiracy and working with other people to
transport and distribute more than 53 thousand kilograms of cocaine in the
United States between 2001 and 2017.
This new accusation is added to
the four previously charged crimes of drug trafficking and false declaration.
The judge indicated that, as part
of the new formal accusation, it is intended to seize money and property from
García Luna that he obtained for having distributed the narcotic in the United
The hearing of the former
government official of Felipe Calderón started with stumbling blocks and was
suspended for several minutes, after the Mexican press did not respond to Judge
Cogan’s calls for silence.
The US Justice had provided a
telephone line so that anyone could connect and listen to the hearing against
the former Mexican official, who is accused of receiving bribes from the
Sinaloa Cartel to provide him with protection.
Cogan asked Mexican journalists,
who spoke in Spanish, to silence their microphones, as they were interfering
with the audience.
A new hearing was held for
December 7, at 10:30 a.m. EDT.