Saturday, February 4, 2023

Judge Brian Cogan reveals names of potential witnesses against Garcia Luna

, Villarreal Barragán: Sergio Villarreal Barragánalias “El Grande”, the leader of “Los Beltrán Leyva” was arrested in 2010.
, Ariola Marquez: possibly Oscar Ariola MarquezThe former leader of the ‘Los Ariola’ cartel was arrested in Mexico in 2006 and extradited to the US
, Zambada Garcia: possibly Jesus “The King” ZambadaCapo of the Sinaloa Cartel indicted in the United States.
, Sifuentes Villa: possibly the Alexander Sifuentes VillaFormer Colombian drug trafficker with links to the Sinaloa Cartel.
, Cañedo Zavaleta: possibly Francisco Cañedo ZavaletaFormer Federal Investigation Agent (AFI), linked to the Beltrán Leyva Cartel, is arrested in Mexico and extradited to the US.
Veitia: possibly Edgar VeitiaThe former Nayarit prosecutor, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in the United States.
, Tolentino: He does not reveal his identity, but the document states that Garcia Luna’s defense alleges that he once “bribed New York police to guard a brothel.”

rules for testing

The judge gave the defense the possibility to show five photographs of Garcia Luna with senior United States government officials to argue that there was cooperation with officials on both sides of the border to combat organized crime.

The judge barred the defense from questioning some of the prosecution’s witnesses about their alleged practices of “cannibalism”, noting that these answers would have little probative value and might distract the jury.

The judge also barred witnesses from questioning them about their religious beliefs, even if they were unorthodox.

Prosecutors will also not be able to argue whether García Luna’s lifestyle in the United States was financed with Sinaloa Cartel money, as there is no evidence that this is the case, according to the judge.

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“But unless the government has evidence that the defendant was consulting with cartel members, that evidence is plainly irrelevant,” wrote Brian Cogan.

With regard to Edgar Vetia, the judge ordered the prosecution to produce all material in support of him being a credible witness.

The government seeks to prevent the defense from asking Veitia about adverse credibility findings from various organs of the federal government and related decisions not to offer a cooperative agreement. Because the defense has not seen the underlying materials and therefore cannot meaningfully respond to the government’s motion, the government should produce all materials in its possession with regard to Veitia’s credibility.

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