Genaro García Luna

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Genaro García Luna

Genaro García Luna (born July 10, 1968, in Mexico City) is a Mexican government employee and engineer. He served as Secretary of Public Security in the federal cabinet.

After his term working for the Mexican government, Genaro works as a consultant and businessman evaluating the social, political and financial economics in Mexico and Latin America. He is a partner in the company GLAC which provides an index to evaluate risk and security conditions. The GLAC index is also published in El Heraldo De Mexico, and El Financiero and is used by the business community to evaluate the risk and security conditions for different states and cities in Mexico.[1][2][3]

García Luna was included in a list of the "10 most corrupt Mexicans" published by Forbes in 2013.[4] He broke a self-imposed silence in a letter to Steve Forbes that his inclusion in the list was based on lies and that it lacked journalistic rigor.

He is the author of “Contra el crimen: ¿Por qué 1,661 corporaciones de policía no bastan? Pasado, Presente y Futuro de la Policía en México” (2006) [Against Crime: Why 1,661 police forces are not enough. Past, Present and Future of Police in Mexico], where he first laid out the basic concepts of the New Police Model for Mexico, placing the emphasis on the importance of intelligence tasks, and “El Nuevo Modelo de Seguridad para México” (2011), which indicates what are the considerations and the state vision to confront a national priority.

In the 2018 trial of Joaquín Guzmán Loera (the drug kingpin known as El Chapo), El Chapo's partner Ismael Zambada García’s brother, Jesus Zambada García, testified to bribing García Luna with suitcases stuffed with $3 million in cash on two occasions.[5]


He completed his master's degree in Business (MBA) from the University of Miami on May 2015. He holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM) and a Diploma Course in Strategic Planning at the Accountancy and Administration Faculty of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).[citation needed]


His training includes specialization from security and intelligence agencies in the United States, Spain, Israel, France, Colombia and Japan.[citation needed]

In 1989, García Luna started his career in intelligence at the Centro de Investigación y Seguridad Nacional (Center for National Security and Investigation, CISEN), where he was responsible of Counterintelligence and Terrorism.

In 1998, he became the Coordinator General for Intelligence of the Preventive Federal Police, where he designed the conceptual framework for intelligence areas and their executive integration.[citation needed]

In 2000, after winning the position in an open contest, he was named Director for Planning and Operation for the Federal Judicial Police, where he began a re-engineering process for the agency. It included new administrative structures, operational concepts, and incorporating cutting-edge information systems. This process made way for the Federal Investigation Agency.[citation needed]

In 2001 was designated founder and Director General of the Agencia Federal de Investigación (Federal Investigation Agency, In his administration, this agency received the INNOVA 2005 award for its practice of “Real-Time Kidnap Investigation”, and the ISO 9001:2000 certification for 33 of its procedures in different areas.

As head of the Agencia Federal de Investigación (AFI), Garcia Luna became the target of widespread criticism after the discovery that a December 9, 2005 police raid conducted by the AFI on a ranch where kidnapping victims were supposedly being held was staged for the Mexican public to see on live television. The alleged kidnappers, who were presented to the Mexican public as having been detained live at the scene, were actually detained the previous morning, on December 8, 2005, offsite, and were held illegally without being presented to a judge during almost 20 hours. Furthermore, one of the alleged kidnappers sustains that he was tortured into playing along. These and many other violations of due process irremediably polluted the case and, to this day, it is impossible to know what really happened. [6]

On December 1, 2006, García Luna became Secretary of Public Security of México. Since then, he founded the Federal Police Force which began operating on June 2009, under the New Police Model, designed by him.[citation needed]

In April 2011, Garcia Luna became president of the XXVIII International Drug Enforcement Conference (IDEC); whose World Summit was held in Mexico.

On April 9, 2015, Genaro Garcia Luna was nominated for election as Member of the Board of SecureAlert, Inc., a Utah (USA) based company active in the offender monitoring business.[7] SecureAlert, Inc. is controlled by Sapinda Asia, Ltd. and Mr. Lars Windhorst, beneficially owning 51.6% of the outstanding shares of the company SecureAlert. Inc, as of March 6, 2015.[8]

Financial Transparency[edit]

García Luna has been unable to explain his personal wealth, which includes luxury homes and real estate in Mexico City which would be unaffordable on a Mexican civil servant's salary. It is noted however that García's family has owned several properties in the area which may have been inherited by him.[9][10] However, an alternate explanation was offered by a witness in the 2018 trial of El Chapo Guzman. During the trial, El Chapo's partner Ismael Zambada García testified to bribing García Luna with suitcases stuffed with $3 million in cash on two occasions.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "GLAC Security Consulting".
  2. ^ "Indice GLAC Heraldo Mexico".
  3. ^ "Television GLAC".
  4. ^ "The 10 Most Corrupt Mexicans Of 2013". Forbes. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  5. ^ a b "The Public Trial of El Chapo, Held Partially in Secret". New York Times. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  6. ^ de Mauleón, Héctor (1 Jul 2011). "Florence Cassez: La verdad secuestrada". Revista Nexos. Retrieved 19 Dec 2018.
  7. ^ "SecureAlert, Inc.: Proxy Statement Pursuant to Section 14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934" (PDF).
  8. ^ "SecureAlert, Inc.: Form 8-K, Amendment No. 1" (pdf).
  9. ^ Reyes, Javier. "Las evidencias de la inexplicable fortuna de Genaro García Luna". Reporte Indigo. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  10. ^ Johnson, Tim (29 November 2012). "Calderon's shadowy security chief". McClatchy Newspapers. Retrieved 3 September 2014.


  • ¿Por qué 1,661 corporaciones de policía no bastan? – Pasado, Presente y Futuro de la Policía en México. Primera Edición, abril de 2006 (Impreso en México / Derechos Reservados). ISBN 970-03-2089-8 / Copyright © 2006 Ing. Genaro García Luna
  • Para entender: El Nuevo Modelo de Seguridad para México. Primera Edición: Nostras Ediciones, 2011 ( ISBN 978-607-7603-76-4 / Copyright © 2011 Nostra Ediciones S.A. de C.V. (Ing. Genaro García Luna)

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