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Mexico’s Ex-Drug War Head Pleads Not Guilty to Trafficking

Genaro Garcia Luna
Genaro Garcia LunaPhotographer: Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg
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Mexico’s former top law enforcement official, who spearheaded the nation’s war on drugs, pleaded not guilty to U.S. charges that he participated in a cocaine-trafficking conspiracy with the deadly Sinaloa cartel and its convicted former kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Genaro Garcia Luna was Mexico’s secretary of public security from 2006 to 2012, overseeing the country’s federal police force. Wearing handcuffs, khaki pants and a baggy gray sweatshirt on Friday in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, Garcia Luna spoke through an interpreter to deny U.S. claims that he took millions of dollars in bribes to protect the cartel.