El Chapo's cartel funneled 'millions in bribes' to top Mexican official: US prosecutors

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In a letter sent earlier this month to Judge Brian M Cogan, US attorney for the eastern district of New York Breon Peace said that “While holding public office, the defendant used his official positions to assist the Sinaloa Cartel, a notorious Mexican drug cartel, in exchange for multimillion-dollar bribes.”

Peace said that the government expects a number of former high-ranking members of the Sinaloa Cartel to testify during the trial.

“In exchange for these bribes, the defendant provided the Sinaloa Cartel with, among other things, safe passage for its drug shipments, sensitive law enforcement information about investigations into the cartel, and information about rival drug cartels,” Peace wrote.

“These payments allowed the cartel at times to receive warnings in advance of law enforcement efforts to apprehend cartel members and to allow cartel members to be released if arrested. During the time that the defendant protected the Sinaloa Cartel in exchange for bribes, the cartel was able to send multi-ton drug loads to the Eastern District of New York, including Brooklyn and Queens,” he added.

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