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Genaro García Luna inexplicably built a fortune in 6 years
García Luna was the leading figure behind Mexico's war against crime during Felipe Calderón's administration - Photo: Ariel Ojeda/EL UNIVERSAL

Genaro García Luna inexplicably built a fortune in 6 years

12/12/2019
15:06
Mexico City
Susana Zavala
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García was arrested months after he was named during the trial against Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán

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Genaro García Luna, the leading figure behind Mexico's war against crime during Felipe Calderón's administration, is accused of receiving millions in bribes fromEl Chapo” Guzmán and the Sinaloa Cartel. He was arrested by U.S. authorities on December 9. In recent days, the Mexican government said it would probe García Luna and ask for him to be extradited to Mexico.

Now, it has been revealed that the former security chief inexplicably built a fortune in six years. According to his assets statements, the former official owned a home valued at MXN $450,000 and another priced at MXN $500,000 in 2002 to owning a house worth MXN $7,550,000, luxury cars, and other properties in 2008.

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According to official numbers, García Luna's salary increase by 120% and his assets increased their value five times. The Public Service Ministry (SFP) initially shared information about his ownership of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and 2 Mustangs but years later, it refused to provide information in regards to his assets.

Moreover, between 2002 and 2008, hr purchased and sold several properties.

Back in 2002, the former Security Minister stated that his annual income was MXN $1,731,903. He owned two homes and a venue priced at MXN $214,000. This same year, Garcia Luna said that he owned a motorcycle valued at MXN $194,558 and had MXN $265,000 in a bank account.

Genaro García Luna was arrested on drug trafficking charges

In 2003, Genaro García stated that his annual income had increased to MXN $2,063,313. He purchased land for MXN $450,000.

In 2004, he reported an income for MXN $2,162,321. He purchased a painting for MXN $1 million.

In 2005, García Luna purchased a Land Rover Discovery for MXN $617,136 and sold one of his homes for MXN $1 million.

In 2006, the former security chief purchased a 1966 Mustang for MXN $220,000. His salary increase to MXN $2.5 million.

In 2006, he left the Federal Investigation Agency (AFI) to become the Public Security Minister in the Felipe Calderón administration.

As Mexico's Security Minister in 2007, Genaro García purchased a 1970 Mustang worth MXN $245,000. He stated he owned two homes worth MXN $3,212,800 in total. His annual income was reported at MXN $2 million.

His annual income increased to MXN $3,821,226 in 2008. He didn't mention the vehicles but stated he owned a home worth MXN $7,550,000 million.

In 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 he no longer reported his income and assets. This same year, he steps down as Security Minister as Felipe Calderón left office.

Furthermore, EL UNIVERSAL obtained information in regards to the home García Luna inhabited in Mexico City. In the neighborhood called Jardines de la Montaña, located in southern Mexico City, homes are worth between MXN $17 and $40 million.

After 2012, Genaro García Luna moved to Miami, Florida. According to journalist Peniley Ramírez, the former official linked to the Sinaloa Cartel inhabited a luxurious property in Golden Beach, Miami. García Luna moved into the mansion worth USD $3.3 million in 2013. Moreover, Genaro García and his wife also inhabited a penthouse in Aventura, Florida, with a USD $2.3 million price tag. Both properties were rented to the couple by the Weinberg family.

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El Chapo's trial: Genaro García's demise

After Genaro García was arrested by U.S. authorities, months after he was named during the trial against Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, the drug lord's lawyer sent a message to former President Enrique Peña Nieto, who was also mentioned during the trial:

During El Chapo's trial in a federal court in Brooklyn, both Enrique Peña Nieto and Felipe Calderón were mentioned.

In November 2018, Lichtman said Peña Nieto had received millions in bribes from “El Chapo" Guzmán; the lawyer also accused Felipe Calderón of receiving money from drug cartels. Both former presidents have denied the accusations.

Moreover, in 2019, during the trial of Colombian drug lord Alex Cifuentes, one of the witnesses said that Peña Nieto received USD $100 million bribe from the Sinaloa Cartel.

When Lichtman asked Cifuentes if “Guzmán had paid a USD $100 million bribe to President Peña Nieto,” Cifuentes answered “yes.” Lichtman also said Peña Nieto had originally requested USD $250 million.

In 2016, Cifuentes had told U.S. authorities that Calderón had received bribes from the Beltrán Leyva brothers in exchange for protection since Calderón was at war with “El Chapo.” During his 2019 trial, Cifuentes said he didn't remember this incident clearly.

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