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Mexican ex-security chief charged in US over drug conspiracy

Published:Wednesday | December 11, 2019 | 9:29 AM
In this September 3, 2009 file photo, Mexico's then Federal Secretary of Public Safety, Genaro Garcia Luna speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)

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.

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