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Smuggler tells U.S. jury he paid off ex-Mexico security chief

Describing meetings at a car wash and a smuggler's country house, a onetime drug trafficker testified Monday that he paid a former cabinet-level Mexican security official millions of dollars for help that included U.S. government information about a huge cocaine shipment in Mexico.

Mexico's Secretary of Public Safety Genaro Garcia Luna attends a press conference on the sidelines of an American Police Community meeting in Mexico City, Oct. 8, 2010. A onetime drug trafficker testified Monday, Jan. 30, 2023, that he paid Mexico’s former top security official millions of dollars for help that included U.S. government information about a huge cocaine shipment in Mexico. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

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