Ex-Mexican government minister busted for drug trafficking

Mexico’s former defence secretary has been arrested in Los Angeles on charges of drug trafficking and money laundering, becoming the latest in a string of senior officials accused of collaborating with the very criminal groups they were supposed to be confronting…

(General Salvador) Cienfuegos was Mexico’s top military official during the 2012-2018 presidency of Enrique Peña Nieto, and played a key role in the militarized “war on drugs”…

Generations of the Mexican military have been implicated in drug violence: the country’s first anti-drug czar Gen Jesús Gutiérrez Rebollo was arrested in the late 1990s and convicted of taking bribes from drug cartels…

But the armed forces remain one of the country’s most trusted institutions, “despite their known issues with corruption and human rights abuses”, said Rodolfo Soriano-Núñez, a sociologist in Mexico City.

It can’t happen here! Right?

Not when you can make as much or more as a “consultant” to drug companies, military weapons manufacturers, Republican Party, Democratic Party, blah, blah, etc..

9 thoughts on “Ex-Mexican government minister busted for drug trafficking

  1. Vecino says:

    “Who Was ‘El Padrino,’ Godfather to Drug Cartel? Mexico’s Defense Chief, U.S. Says” (NYT 10/16/20) https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/16/world/americas/mexico-salvador-cienfuegos-arrested.html
    “Former Mexican defense secretary Salvador Cienfuegos stands accused by U.S. prosecutors of aiding the H-2 cartel traffic drugs to the United States.” https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2020-10-16/a-look-at-h2-cartel-mexicos-ex-army-chief-accused-of-aiding
    “How Chapo Isidro [see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fausto_Isidro_Meza_Flores ] initiated the downfall of General Cienfuegos” http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2020/10/how-chapo-isidro-initiated-down-fall-of.html#more
    H2 is a Beltran Leyva Organization cell operating in the area of Nayarit for the cartel. Juan Francisco Patron was the leader. (Officially the Estado Libre y Soberano de Nayarit : Free and Sovereign State of Nayarit, is one of the 32 states that comprise the Federal Entities of Mexico. It is divided in 20 municipalities and its capital city is Tepic).
    Known as ‘H2’, Patrón was an an important part of the Beltrán Leyva Cartel organization in the drug trafficking in the areas of Nayarit and Jalisco, in the Mexican Pacific.
    Patron was once a part of Sinaloa Cartel, at the time BLO was before the acrimonious split.
    Mexican marines use helicopter gunship to kill alleged cartel leader [Patrón Sánchez] and members (2017) https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/10/mexico-helicopter-gun-drug-cartel-leader-killed

    Helicóptero de la marina abate a líder del Cártel de los Beltrán Leyva en Tepic, Nayarit (“Navy helicopter kills leader of the Beltrán Leyva Cartel in Tepic, Nayarit”)

  2. Cleptocracia says:

    “Pío López Obrador, brother of the president of Mexico, after being caught on videos illegally receiving packages of cash, filed a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office (FGR). It says he is the “victim” and asks that whoever is responsible for the dissemination of the videos be punished with 12 years in prison. In the same letter, it establishes that the disclosure was made in the weekly program under my charge on the Latinus news platform.” Carlos Loret de Mola (Journalist – see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Loret_de_Mola ) http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2020/10/the-brother-of-amlo-asks-that-i-be.html#more
    “The person who delivered the cash and recorded the videos was David León Romero, nominated by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) to be the anti-corruption czar, a position that after this disclosure was assumed by another person. In fact, in his complaint, Pío López Obrador requests that a statement be taken from David León as a witness, “since apparently it was said person who legally intervened in our private communication.”
    Source: Washington Post Oct 18, 2020 https://www.washingtonpost.com/es/post-opinion/2020/10/18/pio-lopez-obrador-carcel-loret/ See also https://www.carlosloret.com/2020/10/la-cuarentena-de-pio-lopez-obrador/

  3. Una mano lava la otra says:

    U.S. drops drug case against former Mexican defense minister https://news.yahoo.com/attorney-general-barr-wants-drop-224000054.html
    A former Mexican defense secretary arrested in the US last month on charges of being a drug cartel boss is going to be returned to Mexico with a promise by Mexican authorities to investigate him, US and Mexican top prosecutors announced Tuesday. https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/18/americas/mexican-defense-secretary-drug-trafficking-investigation/index.html

  4. ¡A huevo! says:

    “Cienfuegos’ Return Is a U-Turn for the US” (translation from Excélsior, a daily newspaper in Mexico City): “…From the beginning, the former drug czar under the Clinton administration, General Barry McCaffrey, characterized Cienfuegos’ detention in an interview with Leon Krauze as a “provocation” by people who were “incompetent, impulsive and acting outside of the law” in the U.S.* Now, dropping charges in order to return Cienfuegos to Mexico is a recognition of that poor decision to indict him with dubious evidence and of the risks to security cooperation posed by conflicts between U.S. agencies. Is this possibly retaliation for the release of Ovidio Guzman? Or a budgetary maneuver?”
    “Mexican Army’s ‘Secret Brotherhood’ Forced General’s Release : High-ranking military officers blackmailed the civilian government into pushing U.S. prosecutors to drop drug trafficking charges against a former defense secretary.” https://www.thedailybeast.com/mexican-armys-secret-brotherhood-forced-general-salvador-cienfuegos-zepedas-release See also “Cienfuegos would have worked for the drug traffickers under the nose of the now head of the Sedena”: Anabel Hernández’s bold statement about the general https://www.explica.co/cienfuegos-would-have-worked-for-the-drug-traffickers-under-the-nose-of-the-now-head-of-the-sedena-anabel-hernandezs-bold-statement-about-the-general/ scroll down for related stories
    “Mexican officials said Sunday they want to prosecute former security chief Genaro Gará Luna in his own country, despite the fact he faces trial in the U.S. for allegedly protecting a drug gang.
    The action follows a U.S. decision to drop charges against another former top Mexican official accused of drug links, ex-Defense Secretary Salvador Cienfuegos, and leave any prosecution up to Mexico.” https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2020/11/mexican-seeks-to-prosecute-former-security-chief-genaro-garcia-luna-in-his-own-country/

  5. Nothing to look at here... says:

    Mexico exonerates ex-defense chief implicated in smuggling drugs into the U.S. (1/15/21 LA Times) https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2021-01-14/mexico-exonerates-ex-defense-chief-implicated-in-scrapped-u-s-drug-prosecution
    “A former Mexican defense minister who was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport last year on a U.S. drug-smuggling indictment and later returned to Mexico for possible prosecution will not face any charges here, authorities here said Thursday.
    The Mexican attorney general’s office said it had found no proof to sustain U.S. allegations against retired Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, 72, who served as defense chief from 2012 to 2018 in the administration of ex-President Enrique Peña Nieto.
    Mexican authorities concluded that Cienfuegos “had no meeting or communication with any criminal group,” the attorney general’s office said in a Twitter message. Mexican investigators also found no evidence of illegal enrichment by Cienfuegos, the attorney general’s office said in a statement.” https://warisboring.com/mexico-exonerates-ex-defense-chief-implicated-in-smuggling-drugs-into-the-u-s/

    • Güey says:

      “Mexico said on Friday that the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) should carry out an internal investigation into the conduct of its case against a former defence minister, in a new test of bilateral ties with US President Joe Biden’s government.
      Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the investigation should look into who within the DEA “fabricated” the case against former minister Salvador Cienfuegos, days after Mexico’s attorney general decided to drop charges.
      The ongoing fallout risks further souring ties just as Biden takes over from former US President Donald Trump, with whom the Mexican president had struck an unlikely friendship.” https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/1/22/mexico-asks-us-to-investigate-fabricated-case-against-minister

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