Sunday, February 5, 2023

Sergio “El Grande” Villarreal Says He Saw Genaro Garcia Luna Taking Bribes From Sinaloa Cartel

Brooklyn.- Sergio Villarreal Barragan “El Grande” assured in test today New York against Genaro García Luna who saw the former security secretary accepting bribes from the Sinaloa Cartel.

“El Grande” became the first witness called by the prosecution in the case against the former Mexican security secretary, who it claims was part of the “payroll” of the Sinaloa Cartel.

In his testimony in the Eastern District Court of Brooklyn, New York, Villarreal, who was a lieutenant of the Beltrán Leyva Cartel but also linked to the Sinaloa Cartel, assured that he “saw García Luna in various meetings”, accepting bribes from this group.

“He would give us information on operations against the cartels … He would help us plant and take down agents anywhere in Mexico and share information so we could kill our rivals.” Thanks to his help, he said, the cartel grew so much. “With the help of the (Mexican) government, the cartel grew in terms of territory,” he said. And thanks to the help of García Luna, the group, which was headed by capo Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán, was able to increase the import of cocaine into Mexico and get rid of rival groups.

Villarreal said that at the time, the bribes to be paid by the cartel were given by Arturo Beltrán Leyva and it was in those meetings that he met the then Secretary of Public Security in Felipe Calderón’s administration.

“There are two types of corruption, one that stands aside and allows it to pass, and the other, that of officials who are part of the organization’s activities,” El Grande said, before clarifying at the request of the prosecutor, That Garcia Luna was of another type.

“El Grande” explained that when he began working for the Leyva clan in 2001, García Luna was already on the cartel’s payroll and continued to pay him until Arturo Beltrán Leyva’s death in 2009.

In their arguments, the prosecution accused García Luna of “the dirty work: receiving bribes from the Sinaloa Cartel”. He explained that García Luna was part of the “payroll of the Sinaloa Cartel” and turned the police into a mercenary armed force that worked on the cartel’s side.

The defense, led by attorney Cesar de Castro, affirmed that the United States government does not have “a single piece of evidence, photo” or appreciable evidence of the allegations against García Luna.
Villarreal was an important part in the Beltrán Leyva Cartel, and is known for his bloody and brutal character.

In addition to “El Grande”, the prosecution is expected to call about 70 witnesses, including former drug trafficker Jesús “Ray” Zambada, who named García Luna at the trial of Joaquín Guzmán Loera. “El Chapo”, as well as former prosecutor Edgar Vetia, aka “El Diablo”, convicted of corruption.

Read also: The trial of Genaro Garcia Luna: who is Sergio Villarreal Barragán “El Grande”, the first witness called?

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