The ex-president Felipe Calderon Hinojosa recognized as a negative effect the arrest in the United States of his right-hand man in the fight against drug trafficking, Genaro García Luna, which ironically is toaccused of protecting and collaborating with the criminals against whom he was ordered to fight in their public positions of Security.
However, a year after García Luna was arrested in Texas for his ties to organized crime, Calderón outlined a brief defense of his “super policeman” by reproaching that he has been imprisoned for almost 12 months without clearly knowing the evidence to prove the crimes..
During a virtual presentation of your book Difficult decisions, at the Guadalajara International Book Fair, The former PAN president once again denied that the so-called Pacific Cartel or Sinaloa Cartel had been protected in his government. Such is the case that he was extradited to the United States Hector Palma Salazar, El Güero, founder of the criminal faction.
With the moderation of the academic and news anchor, Leonardo Curzio, Calderón added that García Luna has already been condemned by public opinion and by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, but the presumed innocence of whoever was his closest friend and subordinate is still valid.
“It has been a negative effect, in fact I mention it quickly, because the book was about to go to the press when the arrest of engineer García Luna occurred, that by the way, he has already been in prison for a year without starting the trial and the evidence against him is known for sure”He said to avoid the subject.
“Regardless that it has already been condemned by the current president and public opinion, because his presumption of innocence is still legally valid and good, to see what channel it has there“He added without further detail and without Leonardo Curzio insisting on the controversial case.
At the beginning of the event broadcast online this Friday, December 4, the former Michoacan president explained how he participated in the extradition of several drug lords. He said that Osiel Cárdenas, leader of the Gulf Cartel, planned to assassinate him even when he did not take office.
Was when his closed victory had been legitimized by the electoral authorities, amid an accusation of fraud in the elections of that 2006 and a political tension, because the opposition candidate, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, proclaimed himself the true winner of the presidency of the republic.
According intelligence reports of the then Attorney General’s Office and the Secretary of Defense, as well as the government of the United States, cited by Calderón, Osiel Cárdenas planned to attack the president-elect, operating from the Altiplano prison. But his security was reinforced by the General Staff and the issue did not go further. He stressed that a training camp was located in Zacatecas where a special team was preparing to rescue the leader of the Gulf Cartel.
Explained that The Security chapter took him several years to write and his explanation of the violence in the country was that the factions privilege territorial control and in the middle of that dispute are the citizens.
Added that In Mexico, the cartels strengthened the internal distribution of drugs, since as the economy had stabilized since the Free Trade Agreement, consumption capacity and the expansion of the middle class also increased.. Therefore, the traditional transfer to the US was no longer a priority.
“At the beginning of this century acquired a new business that is distribution in Mexico, a growing consumer market since NAFTA and since several presidents have managed to stabilize the Mexican economy, the middle class began to grow, the domestic consumption of drugs began to grow, but what matters to criminals is power over a territory and the economic rent that this entails, that is, it is the extraction of rents, sucking money from people through extortion, which makes the territorial dispute an economic incentive ”, argued the former president.
During the Calderón administration A frontal and open strategy against drug trafficking was implemented, hoping that the logic of going as leaders would end up dismantling the groups, but this contributed to fragmentation.
There was an upturn in the number of missing persons, murders, kidnappings, as well as human rights violations. This period is known as the war against drugs. During the six-year period from 2006 to 2012, a figure of 130,000 people were murdered and some 26,000 disappeared.
According to journalistic versions, different key testimonies in security positions and investigations of the North American government, García Luna operated for the Sinaloa Cartel in exchange for millionaire bribes. Calderón has said that he was unaware of the alleged crimes of his main man in the government.
The former Secretary of Security was arrested on December 9, 2019 in Dallas, Texas, accused of criminal association to obtain, distribute and import cocaine, as well as having lied to US border authorities in 2018 by saying they had never committed a crime.
The charges against García Luna also include belonging to a criminal company, aggravated by the trafficking of 5,000 kilograms of cocaine in December 2008, 23 thousand kilograms in October 2007 and another 19 thousand kilograms in March of the same year, in addition to three other drug operations in 2002 and 2003.
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