A former top Mexican security official has been arrested on cocaine trafficking charges, NPR reports.
Genaro Garcia Luna, who served as the secretary of public security in Mexico from 2006 to 2012, was arrested by federal agents in Dallas on Monday.
Luna is charged with three counts of conspiracy to traffic cocaine and one count of making false statements.
“Garcia Luna stands accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes from ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel while [Garcia Luna] controlled Mexico’s Federal Police Force and was responsible for ensuring public safety in Mexico,” U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue wrote in a statement.
“Today’s arrest demonstrates our resolve to bring to justice those who help cartels inflict devastating harm on the United States and Mexico, regardless of the positions they held while committing their crimes.”
In exchange for bribes, Luna reportedly allowed the Sinaloa cartel to safely move its drug shipments, provided members with sensitive information about law enforcement investigations and passed along information about rival cartels.