Mexican ex-security chief charged in US over drug conspiracy
NEW YORK (AP) — Mexico’s former top security chief made an initial court appearance in Dallas on Tuesday afternoon on charges he accepted a fortune in drug-money bribes to let the Sinaloa cartel operate with impunity in Mexico.
Genaro Garcia Luna, 51, waived his rights to an identity hearing. He spoke through a translator.
His detention hearing was set for December 17.
US marshals escorted Garcia Luna into court along with six other men but seated him separately in a corner, where he talked briefly with an attorney in Spanish.
His hands and feet were manacled, and he was dressed in blue sneakers, jeans and a zippered sweater.
During the hearing, which lasted less than 10 minutes, a group of plainclothes federal agents formed a line in front the small courtroom’s only public door.
Garcia Luna’s lawyer declined to comment or confirm her full name after the hearing.