Sick Mexican security official who ‘was given millions in bribes by drug lord El Chapo’ offers to pay $2million in bail to New York federal court as he begs to be placed under house arrest because he fears catching coronavirus in jail
- Genaro García Luna has asked a New York City federal court to be moved to house arrest due to fears of the coronavirus
- The former Mexican security official said he has a respiratory condition that could lead to his death if he is infected by the deadly virus
- The 51-year-old offered to post a $2million bail bond to be transferred out of the Metropolitan Correctional Center, located in downtown Manhattan
- At least one inmate has tested positive for the coronavirus at the same facility where Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán was once held
- García Luna was arrested in December and charged with accepting took millions in bribes from El Chapo’ Sinaloa Cartel
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A Mexican security official who allegedly took millions in bribes from drug lord Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán has offered to post a $2million bail bond to a US court because he fears catching coronavirus in jail.
Genaro García Luna has begged New York federal court to move him to house arrest and claims he ‘is at risk of dying’ if he catches the pandemic virus due to a respiratory illness.
García Luna has been held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan since December, following his arrest in Florida, where he had been living.
On Wednesday, the 51-year-old’s attorney said told the court his client’s current medical condition could worsen if he is exposed to the deadly virus.
The corrupt official’s petition came on the same day the Bureau of Prisons announced that an inmate at the facility was moved to isolation after he tested positive to the virus, which has killed more than 23,000 and sickened over 511,600 globally.
Concerns have been mounting for prison officers and inmates across the US amid the coronavirus pandemic, as high prison populations, confined spaces and poor hygiene could make facilities hotbeds for the disease.
Genaro García Luna is increasing his bail bond offer to $2million in exchange of being transferred to home confinement by a New York federal court. His lawyer presented a letter which indicated that the 51-year-old suffers from respiratory issues and could die if he is exposed to the coronavirus at Manhattan Correctional Center, where he is being held
Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán (center) transnational organization reportedly bribed Genaro García Luna during his time as a top official in Mexico. Federal U.S. prosecutors charged García Luna with accepting several million dollars in exchange for surveillance information that allowed the cartel to operate
‘García Luna is at risk of dying if he contracts the COVID-19 virus. He is 51 years old and has a history of respiratory problems,’ lawyer César de Castro wrote in a letter that was given to the trial judge, Brian Cogan.
The request also includes a letter from García Luna’s doctor in Mexico, who first confirmed the former security official’s respiratory illness in June 2015.
García Luna has been charged with drug trafficking conspiracy and making false statements, and faces up to life in prison if convicted.
García Luna led that country’s Federal Investigation Agency from 2001 to 2005 and was secretary of public security from 2006 to 2012.
But prosecutors said the Sinaloa Cartel bribed García Luna throughout his time in government to ensure safe passage for its drugs, and to obtain intelligence information about rival cartels and Mexican probes into its activities.
A $1million bail bond proposal was rejected in February by U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Levy, who said amount was not sufficient enough to ensure his future court appearances
Prosecutors have been against García Luna’s release because they believe he could go back to Mexico or flee to country that does not have an extradition treaty with the U.S.
Genaro García Luna wants to be placed under house arrest instead of awaiting trial at Metropolitan Correctional Center, where an inmate tested positive for the coronavirus
He was arrested December 9 in Dallas but waved his extradition to face the charges in Brooklyn, where El Chapo was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole last year for trafficking tons of drugs to the United States.
García Luna had been the subject of testimony at El Chapo’s trial by Jesus Zambada, the son of the jailed drug kingpin’s partner Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada.
Zambada, who once married El Chapo’s daughter and has two children with her, said he had given García Luna a suitcase containing $3 million in 2005 or 2006, and paid him another $3 million to $5 million in 2007.