Less than a month, on October 7 of the next hearing of Genaro García Luna, at least 17 recordings of telephone conversations intercepted with the former secretary Mexican Public Security Administration –during the six-year term of Felipe Calderón, 2006-2012–, presented on August 19 in the court where the judicial process against him is being carried out.
The United States Department of Justice presented to the federal court located in Brooklyn, New York, a two-page document that was given to Federal Judge Brian Cogan, and a copy to García Luna’s lawyer, along with the recordings, which represent new evidence in the case of who was the right hand of former President Calderón.
Said files that contain information regarding financial history of the former head of the defunct Federal Investigation Agency (AFI).
Neither the content of the intercepted recordings, nor that of the documents that supposedly contain the aforementioned financial information, have been released.
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However, the federal prosecutor Richard P. Donoghue, pointed out that this new evidence will be reviewed along with the thousands of evidence – to which it is added – that the prosecuting party has accumulated.
Donoghue reminded him of the defense of García Luna that the content of the shipment contains « protected material » and must be handled accordingly. In addition, the US prosecutor asked his counterpart to share with them his own discoveries and evidence to use in the case.
Calderón’s security strategist was arrested in December 2019 in Dallas, Texas, and his case is settled in a Brooklyn court, New York, where a jury sentenced Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to life imprisonment last year, former head of the Sinaloa Cartel, for three counts of criminal association for cocaine trafficking and false testimony.
The same judge who is handling the García Luna case will prosecute Ivan Reyes Arzate, former head of the Federal Police and liaison with the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), accused by drug traffic. However, it was recently revealed that the date of his trial was postponed to November 18, due to the current contingency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Iván Reyes Arzate (Photo: Twitter @ EjeCentral)
Alias la “Reina”, who for several years led a special investigations unit of the police corporation, has been singled out by the US justice as a corrupt police officer who handed over DEA information to Mexican drug cartels, including the Beltran Leyva and Follow-up 39, associated with Sinaloa Cartel.
A complaint filed by the DEA tells in detail how the criminal organization Follow-up 39 worked with multiple criminal groups such as Cartel of Sinaloa, Jalisco Nueva Generación, del Golfo and Los Zetas, and was protected by the Mexican authorities.
The so-called cartel cartel not only moved large quantities of its own cocaine and marijuana to the United States, but leaders of other cartels entrusted it with the shipment of their drugs.
Reyes Arzate, the « Queen » has a court hearing pending in New York (Photo: U.S Department of Justice)
The indictment also ensures that the unknown criminal group moved South American coca from Central America to Mexico, using boats, planes and commercial vehicles, and then introduced it to Texas and California.
The most difficult data for the Mexican authorities to digest is that Ivan Reyes Arzate, former command of the Federal Police, protected El Follow Up 39 in cooperation with other corrupt Mexican officials.
In 2016, during his post as commander of the UAS, Reyes Arzate learned of a DEA investigation against El Monitoring 39. Shortly thereafter, the officer met with cartel leaders, shared information about the investigation with them, and accepted a USD bribe. 290,000.
Reyes Arzate, alias « La Reina », was a subordinate of the former Secretary of Public Security of Mexico, Genaro Garcia Luna, with whom he will be processed by the same judge in the United States.
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The New York Court postponed the hearing of Iván Reyes Arzate, the “Queen”, the former police officer linked to the Beltrán Leyva and Genaro García Luna