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US accuses Mexican ex-officials of taking bribes to protect El Chapo

July 31, 2020

Two former high-ranking Mexican law enforcement officials have been accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes to protect the cartel of convicted drug boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, US authorities have said.

Federal prosecutors claim Luis Cardenas Palomino and Ramon Pequeno Garcia allegedly worked for Genaro Garcia Luna, Mexico’s former top security official, who is also facing drug trafficking charges.

According to prosecutors, the three men “permitted the Sinaloa Cartel to operate with impunity in Mexico”.

Cardenas Palomino and Pequeno Garcia have not been arrested, prosecutors said.

Garcia Luna denies the charges and says he intends to fight them at his New York City trial.

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