The accountant of former drug trafficker Mario Pineda Villa, identified as Israel Ávila, assured this Tuesday in a New York court that he recorded in his accounting books more than 10 million dollars in assumptions Payments the former Secretary of Public Safety, Genaro Garcia Luna in exchange for security and information.
Dressed in a light green prisoner’s uniform, Ávila, who is serving a sentence in the United States for drug trafficking, testified that as an accountant for Pineda Villa, aliases “MP” and “Gordo Malo”recorded the income obtained from drug trafficking, as well as the expenses and payments by the state, federal and municipal security services, in addition to the salaries of the workers or the rents of houses and warehouses.
“I helped him make some accounting sheets in Excel”, instead of recording everything in books, with the intention that they could keep their accounting in a “clearer” way, Ávila said from the stage.
Payments to García Luna through “El Rey” Zambada, “El Grande” and “La Barbie”
To questions from the Prosecutor’s Office, Pineda specified that those payments were not direct to García Lunabut they were made via other drug traffickers, among whom he cited Jesús “El Rey” Zambada, the Beltrán “Leyva” clan and also drug traffickers Sergio Villarreal Barragán, alias “El Grande”, and Édgar Valdez Villarreal, better known as “La Barbie” .
The drug counter indicated that the The highest payment registered in the name of García Luna was five million dollars, but also remember payments of three million, and 1.8 million dollars.
He added that instead of registering the name of the former secretary, next to the payments was written “The Stutterer” and “The Machine Gun”nicknames with which some drug traffickers referred to García Luna.
500 thousand dollars for the head of Security of Morelos
He also recalled a payment of $500,000 that he made in person to Secretary of Public Security of Morelos, Luis Ángel Cabeza de Vacawhich in the account books was identified by the nickname of “the one with the horns”, “the head” or “Cow”.
Pineda Villa also recounted that after the death of “MP” and his brother Alberto Pineda Villa in 2009, he worked, among others, for the Beltrán Leyva clan and for “El Grande” and that he was arrested during a trip to the United States in 2012.
The drug accountant, who also acknowledged that he carried out other tasks for his bosses, such as participation in kidnappings and torture, was sentenced to 15 years in prison in the United States and expects to be released at the end of 2025.
Before Pineda Villa, two collaborating witnesses of the Prosecutor’s Office have already linked to the former Secretary of Public Security with the Mexican cartels.
García Luna received 1.5 million dollars a month from the Sinaloa Cartel
The first of them was “El Grande”, who assured that García Luna received one and a half million monthly from the Sinaloa cartel of dollars that increased over the years.
The second was the drug trafficker Oscar Nava Valencia, alias “The Valencian Wolf”who declared before the members of the court that he met on two occasions with the former Secretary of Public Security and that He paid him more than 10 million in exchange for security and information for the cartel, its members and its merchandise.
For its part, the defense of Genero García Luna has criticized during the two weeks of the process the absence of physical evidence such as photographs, text messages or audio or video recordings.
In addition, he has tried to discredit the witnesses for being drug traffickers and murderers who, according to his account, are testifying in exchange for reduced prison sentences or in retaliation against the former politician for his fight against drug trafficking. (EFE)