Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, a former Mexican general in the mandate of the narco-government of Enrique Peña Nieto, is detained by the United States.
Excellent news indeed. But we go back to what we always say, because until now!?, It is assumed that he is involved in drug trafficking (although the exact charges of the arrest are not yet known) and the US authorities only with the AMLO government are reacting … What did the DEA do to stop these criminals, before AMLO arrived?
Very hard days await the Mexican Right linked to drug trafficking …
This detention is going to have a powerful impact in Mexico,” said military affairs analyst Raul Benitez.
Cienfuegos was Peña Nieto’s defense minister until the end of the president’s term.
Pena Nieto was in office for six years through December 2018. Several members of his cabinet and party have been implicated in high-level corruption cases, sometimes involving allegations of links to organized crime.
Under Cienfuegos the army was accused of extrajudicial killings, including the 2014 Tlatlaya massacre, where 22 drug gang members were executed.
Arrest warrants were issued in Mexico last month for soldiers in connection with the kidnapping and presumed massacre of 43 students the same year in a town known for heroin trafficking.
The armed forces have taken an increasingly prominent role in fighting crime in Mexico, and generally are perceived as less prone to corruption than civilian police forces.
Elements of the Army in the northern state of Sinaloa have long been rumored to have had links to the cartel formerly headed by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, now in a U.S. prison.
The detention of Cienfuegos comes on the heels of the arrest of ex-President Felipe Calderon’s security minister, Genaro Garcia Luna.
Garcia Luna is on trial in New York on suspicion of accepting millions of dollars in bribes from Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel, which he was tasked with combating.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador accuses his predecessors of rampant corruption. He has leant heavily on the armed forces in his efforts to end cartel violence in the country, which saw nearly 35,000 killings last year.
The arrest of the former Secretary of National Defense during the government of Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018), General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, is related to the trial against the Mexican drug trafficker, Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera “El Chapo”, as it would have A US government source confirmed Gerardo Reyes, director of Univisión Investiga.
According to the television network, the arrest of the former Mexican Defense Secretary – ordered by the United States Drug Control Administration, DEA – has to do with the investigations and accusations that are being pursued against one of the leaders of the Mexican Cartel. Sinaloa, which is in a EE.UU. maximum security prison , serving a life sentence.
But not only that. The journalist for The New York Times newspaper, Ioan Grillo, revealed through his Twitter account that former retired DEA agent, Mike Vigil, spoke to him about the case of the arrest of Salvador Cienfuegos.
Grillo assured the US Prosecutor’s Office “could seek a use case to negotiate, make him a witness in front of a former president (Enrique Peña Nieto)” in addition to the fact that since Cienfuegos Zepeda was appointed as Secretary of Defense, there were already rumors corruption.
In the interview that Grillo conducted with Mike Vigil, former DEA agent confirmed the arrest of General Salvador Cienfuegos is related to drug trafficking issue in Mexico.
Although around 2:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. Central Mexico time), the US government will announce the charges for which it accuses the Mexican General, this morning Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard revealed on his Twitter account that Mexican Consul Marcela Celorio reported that the former Secretary of Defense is accused of five counts of drug trafficking and will be transferred to New York.
However, The New York Times newspaper revealed a document in which the four charges against the Mexican military are exposed:
– International conspiracy to manufacture and distribute heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana-
– Conspiracy to launder money of narcotic proceeds.
In addition, the United States accuses him of having used his power to protect the Beltrán Leyva Cartel, directing operations towards rival groups, helping to find ships to transport drugs and organizing meetings with other corrupt officials. He also allegedly accepted bribes in exchange for protection, which included warning cartel members about US operations, according to the document.
Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda will face his first hearing in the same Court that takes the case of the former Secretary of Security with Felipe Calderón, Genaro García Luna (accused of providing protection to the Sinaloa Cartel, receiving millionaire bribes from drug trafficking as well as the transfer of thousands of tons cocaine to the US) and that sentenced the founder of the Sinaloa Cartel, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.