NewsUSAThe Garcia Luna trial uncovers the rupture between the Sinaloa Cartel and the Beltran Leyva

The Garcia Luna trial uncovers the rupture between the Sinaloa Cartel and the Beltran Leyva

Genaro Garcia Luna was kidnapped by members of the Beltran Leyva Cartel without his escorts offering any resistance. This was revealed this Tuesday by Sergio Villarreal Barragan The big one, drug trafficker and first witness in the trial against the former Secretary of Security in New York. The former policeman also assured that Garcia Luna was “raised” by Arturo Beltran Leyva, an old ally who declared war on the Sinaloa Cartel in early 2008 and who unleashed chaos in Mexico during the first stretch of the Presidency of Felipe Calderon (2006). -2012). “For Arturo, nothing was impossible,” said El Grande. “In Mexico, everything is possible, there is a lot of corruption,” he concluded in his testimony before the Brooklyn court.

Villarreal Barragan explained in great detail how the break within the Sinaloa Cartel and the drug war between Joaquin’s faction occurred El Chapo Guzman and Ishmael the may Zambada and that of the Beltran Leyva brothers. The drug lord implied that one of the determining factors was El Chapo convincing law enforcement to go after his old allies. “People from the government began to fall on us,” said El Grande. Arturo Beltran, the leader of the Beltran Leyva, realized that the capture operations and the seizures almost always took place after he spoke with El Mayo or El Chapo, at least that’s what he inferred. “He realized the betrayal,” said his former lieutenant.

The last straw was the arrest of Alfredo Beltran, alias mochomo and Arturo’s brother, in an Army operation in January 2008. Always according to the testimony of Villarreal Barragan, the Beltran Leyva faction could not believe that paying millions of dollars in bribes did not offer them any protection. El Grande said on Monday that Arturo Beltran was personally in charge of delivering monthly bribes of more than one million dollars to Garcia Luna, since he took over as director of the Federal Investigation Agency (AFI) during the Government of Vicente Fox (2000- 2006). The bribes were delivered in black suitcases and bags to a safe house south of Mexico City.

When the defendant became head of the Public Security Secretariat (SSP), a newly created ministry during the Calderon Administration, there was a change in the bribery scheme, the witness said. Garcia Luna, also in charge of the Federal Police at that time, no longer met personally with the members of the cartel, but almost always sent his right-hand man, Luis Cardenas Palomino, then deputy director of Private Security of the SSP. According to this version, the former head of the AFI sometimes supervised the receipt of money by means of radios and remote calls.

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“What side are you on? With my cousin El Chapo or with me,” Arturo Beltran asked Garcia Luna, according to the story. “The problem is yours, I am neutral,” the former official allegedly replied. In the witness’s opinion, the Secretary of Security was most likely collaborating with both factions at the same time. “He kept working for everyone: El Mayo and El Chapo, but also for Arturo,” said El Grande. “There were members of the Federal Police who left with him and others with Arturo,” he added. “It was a very violent war, we all started killing each other.”

It was after the capture of Mochomo that Arturo Beltran had Garcia Luna kidnapped, although no specific date was given. “they had gotten up in the State of Morelos, on the way to Cocoyoc [un pequeno poblado a una hora y media de la capital]said The Great. The drug traffickers They took the Cabinet member to speak with his boss in “an office” belonging to the Beltran Leyva family. “They talked and then they let him go, they took him to where they had picked him up,” said Villarreal Barragan.

The witness recalled that drug traffickers like Edgar Valdez Villarreal The Barbie or Alberto Pineda the erased they laughed after the official’s visit to the safe house in Morelos and talked in a corner of the house, where there were a lot of chargers lying around. They were the cartridges of the secretary’s escorts, who could not do anything to prevent it. In 2010, the writer Ricardo Ravelo released a similar story about an alleged kidnapping of Garcia Luna at the hands of Beltran, but he pointed out that it was when he was in charge of the AFI. “Do you see how easy it is to get to you?” is one of the phrases that Ravelo attributed to the leader of the Beltran Leyva cartel.

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El Grande reported murders, kidnappings and betrayals between old partners who later became enemies. Beltran was so upset by the capture of his brother that he planned to take revenge and kill Jesus. The king Zambada, brother of El Mayo. The law of retaliation: one brother for another. “Arturo’s first plan was to kill him,” Villarreal Barragan commented, “I told him no, they were going to kill Alfredo [Mochomo Beltran] in jail”.

Cesar de Castro, lawyer for Genaro Garcia Luna, at the opening hearing, on January 23.JANE ROSENBERG (REUTERS)

Plan B was to get him arrested. “Then he ordered that he be detained by the government,” said El Grande. The Beltran Leyva infiltrated with the people of El Mayo to find El Rey, the person in charge of all the shipments of the El Chapo cartel that passed through the Mexico City airport. “There were two attempts, in the first we gave the information to the Army, but they sold it to the people of El Rey,” said Villarreal Barragan, in another testimony about the alleged corruption that prevails in the forces of order.

The second was with Siedo, the Office of the Special Prosecutor for Organized Crime Investigation. That institution, which depended on the then Federal Attorney of the Republic, was in charge of leading the capture operation against The king Zambada. The criminals had also infiltrated there. El Grande put on the uniform of an official State agent again and other gunmen disguised themselves as Siedo agents. “I was part of the operation,” acknowledged Villarreal Barragan. “There were some that we dressed up.” The arrest was consummated in October 2008 in the midst of a fierce shooting in Mexico City, with the support of the local police in the Mexican capital. “I ordered the Siedo people to take photos of Rey and all the detainees,” said El Grande. He was afraid that the contacts of El Mayo and El Chapo would exchange him for someone else and release him. It was at that point that the witness stressed: “In Mexico, everything is possible.”

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El Grande said he had seen everything regarding the complicity of law enforcement with organized crime. He referred, for example, to the wedding of La Barbie in Acapulco. The Beltran Leyva Cartel, at the time when they were still allies of Sinaloa, obtained information from the authorities themselves that the ceremony was infiltrated by agents and that they planned to raid various drug lords. In the end, the drug traffickers laughed at the government. No one showed up to the wedding. “The party was held, but we did not go. Not even the”.

El Grande also spoke of his arrest on September 12, 2010, a Sunday afternoon in Puebla, in the center of the country. “I was at home with my wife and my son,” he said. Suddenly, a group of the Navy broke down his door and pointed it at him. “I gave them my weapons, I told them that they were looking for me and I told them to leave my family alone,” said the drug trafficker almost at the end of the interrogation of assistant prosecutor Erin Reid. “They stole everything they could and they arrested me,” she said.

After his capture, he asked to speak with a DEA agent. Instead, they took him to Marisela Morales, then head of Siedo. He did not feel confident in collaborating with the Mexican authorities. Villarreal Barragan was extradited in May 2012, six months before Calderon’s term ended, who maintains that he did not know of any links between members of his government and organized crime. Arturo Beltran Leyva was killed in December 2009 in a Navy operation.

Garcia Luna’s lawyers had their turn to question the witness. The defense has focused on questioning the credibility of the collaborating witnesses and ensuring that it is a political revenge against his client. The former secretary faces five charges: three for drug trafficking, one for organized crime and another for false statements.

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