The new witness against García Luna does not convince the judge

Judge Brian Cogan, who is presiding over the drug trafficking process against former Public Security Secretary Genaro García Luna, expressed his reservations on Tuesday about the testimony of drug trafficker Tirso Martínez Sánchez, and announced that he will decide between tonight and tomorrow on its relevance.

Martínez, a cooperating witness for the Prosecutor’s Office, was presented as the person in charge of sending cocaine from the Sinaloa cartel to the United States by train from Mexico to three US cities.

He took the stand after the drug trafficker Sergio Villarreal Barragán, alias «El Grande», assured that he witnessed, starting in 2001, the payment of bribes to the former Mexican secretary in exchange for his help to the drug traffickers in their business and in the fight against rival clans. .

During today’s testimony, Martínez, to questions from prosecutor Philip Pilmar, explained how cocaine trafficking works through cargo trains from Mexico City to Los Angeles (California), Chicago (Illinois) and New York, but did not made no mention of the defendant.

After the withdrawal of the jury and the witness, the prosecutor explained that he expects Martínez to testify that one of the drug traffickers from the Sinaloa cartel with whom he worked, identified as Jorge, offered to put him in contact with García Luna to pay him bribes and thus make sure that their drug shipments hidden in large oil tanks transported by train would not be searched.

Questioned by Cogan, Pilmar added that he was trying to show that García Luna was not only not an enemy of the cartel, but someone who was available at any time to help in exchange for money.

García Luna’s defense also protested against the presentation of this witness since the events to which he could refer occurred in the 1990s and in 2000 or 2001, when the alleged crimes for which the former Mexican minister is being tried are those included between the years 2001 and 2012.

Martínez entered the room after the testimony of El Grande, which lasted for two days. From his chair, García Luna followed with great attention today the questions of his lawyer César de Castro to the witness, as well as the answers of El Grande.

De Castro, in addition to insisting on the criminal nature of El Grande, who has already served a sentence in the United States and lives in freedom, stressed that there were no audio or video recordings of the meetings of the clan members with García Luna, despite that, as the narco declared, the clan of the Beltrán Leyva Brothers, for which El Grande worked, used to record his conversations with leaders and politicians.

Likewise, the lawyer questioned that, as El Grande assured, García Luna met with Arturo Beltrán Leyva on a monthly basis in Mexico City, where members of the clan allegedly picked him up in the public parking lot of a supermarket before taking him to a «safe house» where they met.

De Castro expressed his doubts to the members of the jury that it was possible for a publicly known minister to do that regularly, in daylight and during working hours.