Ex-Mexican Protection Secretary Arrested on U.S. Drug Fees

Former Mexican protection secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, who led the military for six years beneath ex-President Enrique Peña Nieto, was arrested on drug trafficking and cash laundering costs at Los Angeles Worldwide Airport, the Associated Press reports. Two folks with data of the arrest stated Cienfuegos was taken into custody on a Drug Enforcement Administration warrant. Mexico’s International Minister, Marcelo Ebrard, wrote on his Twitter account that U.S. Ambassador Christopher Landau had knowledgeable him of the retired common’s arrest. A senior Mexican official stated Cienfuegos was arrested when he arrived on the Los Angeles airport together with his household.

Cienfuegos, 72, served from 2012 to 2018 as secretary of protection beneath Peña Nieto. He’s the highest-ranking former Cupboard official arrested since prime Mexican safety official Genaro Garcia Luna was arrested in Texas in 2019. Garcia Luna, who served beneath former President Felipe Calderón, has pleaded not responsible to drug trafficking costs. The Cienfuegos case is a tricky blow for Mexico, the place the military and navy are among the few remaining revered public establishments. Whereas present President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has vowed to go after corruption and lawbreaking beneath previous administrations, he has relied extra closely on the military than has every other president in current historical past. Below Cienfuegos, the Mexican military was accused of frequent human rights abuses, which additionally was true of each his predecessors and his successor within the put up.