As reporters clambered for a spot in Brooklyn federal court house, federal prosecutors laid out their opening arguments Monday against a top Mexican official, Genaro Garcia Luna, who was once a trusted ally of the United States in its continuing fight against Mexico’s most powerful drug cartels.
Luna, 54, who headed the Mexican Federal Police, was considered one of the few state officials brought into the circle of trust by U.S. intelligence and narcotics officials targeting the Sinaloa and Beltran Levy cartels.
What U.S. officials didn’t know at the time is that their ally was believed to be making millions of dollars aiding and abetting the cartels. He led Mexico’s Federal Investigative Agency from 2001 to 2005. It wasn’t until 2006, that he was named