Ex-security chief busted for taking bribes to protect El Chapo cartel

A former top Mexican law enforcement official has been busted for allegedly taking millions in bribes stuffed inside suitcases from Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s notorious Sinaloa cartel — and is set to face justice in New York.

Federal agents collared Genaro Garcia Luna, 51, in Dallas on Monday and are in the process of having him transferred to federal court in Brooklyn to face three counts of cocaine trafficking conspiracy and one count of making false statements.

From 2001 to 2005, Garcia Luna led Mexico’s Federal Investigation Agency. In 2006, he was named the Secretary of Public Security — which put him in charge of the country’s sprawling federal police force, a position he held until 2012.

During that time, the feds allege, Garcia Luna was on the take with the Sinaloa Cartel, which slipped briefcases full of cash to the crooked bureaucrat to buy safe passage for drug shipments, classified information about government investigations into the cartel and intel on rival drug lords.

The alleged kickback scheme with Garcia Luna came to light during Guzman’s trial in Brooklyn federal court earlier this year — when a key witness described personally dropping off cases containing between $3 million and $5 million.

With Garcia Luna’s help, the cartel was able to conduct business “without significant interference” from the Mexican authorities, the feds claim in court papers.

After his tenure with the Mexican government, Garcia Luna relocated to the US — and by that time had amassed a “fortune,” prosecutors say.

“The defendant abused that public position, and other positions of public trust that he previously held, to help the Sinaloa Cartel traffic cocaine into the United States, including New York City,” federal prosecutors wrote in court papers.

Garcia Luna faces up to life in prison if he is convicted on the charges.

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