Genaro García Luna fell into the trap of his cellmate, a DEA informant

With these recordings they seek to point out García Luna for trying to manipulate witnesses.

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Genaro Garcia Lunathe former Secretary of Public Security in the administration of Felipe Calderonis in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, for his probable links to organized crime.

In that place, the former official lives with a cellmate named Ruslan Mirvisa 39-year-old man who was arrested in 2017 for having sexually exploited several minors through social networks.

The subject, who had a business organizing birthdays and other events for children, admitted to the authorities that he used a false account on social networks to seduce young girls, request intimate photographs and then extort them.

With the arrival of García Luna in that prison, Ruslan saw hope to get out of prison, since he became an informant for the United States Attorney’s Office and, according to the defense of the former Secretary of Public Security, participated in setting a trap for his client.

According to the lawyers, Mirvis recorded a series of conversations to demonstrate that he seeks to intimidate and manipulate witnesses, in the trial that will be held against him for cocaine trafficking, at the hands of the Sinaloa Cartel.

According to official documents obtained by the newspaper Milenio, Mirvis posed as a member of the Russian mafia named Greg, who raised the possibility of threatening, manipulating and even murdering witnesses and their relatives to García Luna.

Among the names that emerged, the former collaborator of García Luna in the Federal Police, Luis Cardenas Palominoas well as the star witness of the US authorities, Jesus Reynaldo Zambadaalias “El Rey”, who is the brother of May Zambada.

In this way, Mirvis recorded more than 500 continuous hours, of which only a couple of minutes were used to point out García Luna for trying to manipulate witnesses. That is why the defendant’s lawyers asked the judge brian cogan that they do not admit this external evidence to the case, since they assure that it is too weak, could divert the jury’s attention from the formal accusations against their client, and only represents an attempt by the informant to obtain procedural benefits.

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