Former Mexican drug czar heads to trial accused of aiding El Chapo

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By Luc Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters) – Opening statements are set to begin on Monday in the U.S. trial of a former Mexican law enforcement official once in charge of cracking down on drug trafficking, who now stands accused of taking bribes from the powerful Sinaloa Cartel. Genaro Garcia Luna led Mexico’s Federal Investigation Agency from 2001 to 2005 and was Public Security Minister from 2006 to 2012, during which time he worked closely with U.S. counter-narcotics and intelligence agencies. He pleaded not guilty in 2020 to U.S. charges that he accepted millions of dollars to protect the cartel onc…

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