Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, Mexico’s former defense secretary, arrested on drug, money charges in Los Angeles (USA Today)

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    Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, Mexico’s former defense secretary, arrested on drug, money charges in Los Angeles – By E. Eduardo Castillo and Stefanie Dazio (Associated Press) / Oct 16 2020

    MEXICO CITY — Former Mexican defense secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, who led the country’s army for six years under ex-President Enrique Peña Nieto, has been arrested on drug trafficking and money laundering charges at Los Angeles International Airport, U.S. and Mexican sources said Thursday.

    Two people with knowledge of the arrest said Cienfuegos was taken into custody on a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration warrant. One of the people said the warrant was for drug trafficking and money laundering charges. Both spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case publicly.

    The DEA declined to comment Thursday night.

    Mexico’s Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard, wrote on his Twitter account that U.S. Ambassador Christopher Landau had informed him of the retired general’s arrest and that Cienfuegos had a right to receive consular assistance.

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