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..

3 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/

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