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More than just narcotics are at issue in the trial of Mexico’s former security head.

Genaro García Luna is the highest-ranking Mexican official to stand trial in an U.S. court of law. He was chosen by then-President Calderón to rein in organized crime and re-engineer policing in Mexico. His potential conviction could illuminate extent to which Mexican leaders are complicit with organized crime. García Luna faces a long list of charges, including taking millions of dollars in bribes in exchange for supporting Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel. He has denied any wrongdoing. The trial may shed light on public officials tainted by collusion with the cartels.