In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 16th, October, 2020

Mexico Ex-defence Minister Arrested In US For Drug Trafficking

Mexico Ex-defence Minister Arrested In US For Drug Trafficking


Salvador Cienfuegos

Salvador Cienfuegos, the former Defence Minister of Mexico has been arrested in the USA, reportedly on the request of the US Drug Enforcement Administration, in reference to a corruption investigation.

Cienfuegos, who was defence chief from 2012 to 2018, was mentioned to have been on a visit along with his household when he was detained at Los Angeles airport.

“The consul in Los Angeles will inform me of the fees within the subsequent few hours. We are going to supply the consular help to which he’s entitled,
” Mexican Overseas Minister Marcelo Ebrard mentioned on Twitter.

The Mexican investigative journal Proceso, quoting unnamed sources on the US Division of Justice, reported that the arrest was the results of a long-standing investigation named “Operation Godfather” into corruption involving drug traffickers.

It mentioned different senior army officers had additionally come underneath investigation when US authorities started to gather proof towards drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who’s serving a life sentence within the US.


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