Mexico: Mexico’s ex-security chief pleads not guilty to cartel links

Mexico’s former security minister Genaro García Luna has pleaded not guilty to charges linking him to the Sinaloa drugs cartel.

Mr García Luna, 52, denied engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise in a court in New York.

Prosecutors accuse him of allowing the Sinaloa cartel of “El Chapo” Guzmán to operate freely in Mexico in exchange for millions of dollars in bribes.

Mr García Luna was Mexico’s top security chief from 2006 to 2012. During his time in office, he founded Mexico’s federal police force.

On Wednesday, Mr García Luna pleaded not guilty to new charges which were added in July to those already brought against him.

The latest charges accuse him of engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise which had allowed the Sinaloa cartel to operate with impunity in Mexico for more than a decade in exchange for multimillion-dollar bribes.

The original full article can be found at bbc.co.uk

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