…in the case file there appear photocopies of some 30 credentials that Martínez Rocha was carrying the moment of his arrest; one identifies him as a member of the PFP police intelligence division, while the other 29, according to investigators, were to be sold off in order to credential Sinaloa cartel employees as police officers. All these credentials are signed by [García Luna deputy] Facundo Rosas.
Then Richie, Richie said:
“Hey man let’s dress up like cops
Think of what we could do!”
But something, something said “you better not”
–Television, “Venus de Milo”
As part of its coverage of Mexico’s Operación Limpieza — the narcotraffic had infiltrated the upper circles of the government’s anti-organized crime bureaus during the Fox administration, and continued to field agents on the inside during the Calderón administration — the investigative weekly tries to unravel a tangled web of deceit involving Genaro García Luna, head of the SSP, the federal Public Safety Secretariate.
García Luna is a political patronage appointment who just happens to be the son-in-law of SNTE high priestess Elba Ester “The Teacher” Gordillo — sort of a female Mexican Jimmy Hoffa.
Senior government officials have bent over backwards to swear up and down that the man is the very model of a modern top law enforcement officer, even as hordes of his top lieutenants get busted for allegedly taking big old narcobribes.
As Ricardo Ravelo points out, however, there are two protected witnesses who are directly accusing the Teacher’s pet of accepting bribes to protect the drug shipments of a drug cartel.
One of them is a former federal police investigator who has been very loudly making the rounds of the Mexican news media, accusing the Teacher’s pet of deliberately sabotaging Mexican anti-narcotics policy.
This whistelblower was recently arrested, while giving an interview at Televisa’s studios in Chapultepec, and charged with accepting narcobribery himself.
He claims the charges were ginned up after he refused to make a deal with the SSP to stop making accusations against the Teacher’s pet.
Another government witness, however, according to Proceso, states that both propositions are true: that the whistleblower was on the narcopayroll AND that the Teacher’s pet and his chief deputy were on the narcopayroll, too.
Senator Beltrones of the PRI said yesterday that it was vital that the news media not “lynch” the Teacher’s pet.
Very confusing. A plot worthy of Bioy-Casares. File under “fear, uncertainty and doubt” and “oxymoron, Mexican law enforcement as an.” I translate to my notes for future reference.
García Luna, incriminated
One of the former ranking police official arrested recently for alleged ties with the narcotraffic, Javier Herrera Valles, had made accusations in various venues — including the federal presidency – - against the head of the federal Public Security Secretariate (SSP), Genaro García Luna, claiming that he was “simulating combat” against the narcotraffic while secretly working for the Sinaloa cartel.
Now, a man who worked for “El Chapo” Guzmán states, as a protected government witness, that Herrera really did take narco-bribes — as did García Luna and his undersecretary, Facundo Rosas.