Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has described as “lamentable” the arrest of the country’s former Defence Minister General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda in California. General Cienfuegos – who was defence minister under former President Enrique Peña Nieto – was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday, 15 October. On Friday, 16 October, it emerged that he was being indicted by the US authorities on five drug trafficking charges. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have brought the charges against him and he is due to be transferred to New York, where Mexico’s former Secretary of Public Safety, Genaro Garcia Luna, is being held. I had very late night chat with retired DEA agent Mike Vigil on arrest of General Cienfuegos. https://t.co/U8FDwmQpVG — Ioan Grillo (@ioangrillo) October 16, 2020 He is the second former government minister to be arrested on suspicion of corruption. In December 2019 Genaro Garcia Luna, who had been in charge of the Mexican federal police, was arrested and accused of taking bribes from Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera. And the arrest of General Cienfuegos is almost on the aniversary of the army’s botched arrest of Ovidio Guzman in Culiacan. October is a cursed month for the Mexican army…. Read full this story
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