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Mexico’s ex-defense minister faces 5 drug trafficking fees in US

Mexico’s ex-defense minister faces five drug trafficking charges in US

Former Mexican Protection Minister Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, who has been arrested in Los Angeles, is now dealing with 5 fees within the US associated to drug trafficking, Mexico’s overseas minister has stated.

The arrested normal is predicted to be transferred to New York shortly, a senior diplomat, Marcelo Ebrard, stated on Twitter, citing the nation’s consulate in Los Angeles.

Cienfuegos, who was in workplace from 2012 to 2018, was arrested late on Thursday at Los Angeles Worldwide Airport on a Drug Enforcement Administration warrant.

The high-profile arrest was praised by President Andrés Manuel Lopéz Obrador. He pledged to droop any officers who is perhaps implicated within the case in opposition to Cienfuegos, launching a recent assault on his predecessors and blaming them for rampant corruption.

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“That is an unmistakable instance of the decomposition of the federal government, of how the civil service was degrading,” Obrador stated. He additionally pledged his full assist to the heads of Mexico’s military and navy, calling them “incorruptible.”

The president additionally pledged to proceed rooting out compromised authorities officers.

“If we’re not speaking a couple of narco state, one can actually discuss a narco authorities, and doubtless, a couple of authorities of mafiosi,” Obrador acknowledged. “We’re cleansing up, purifying public life.”

Obrador additionally revealed that the arrest of Cienfuegos was apparently linked to the case in opposition to one other former high-profile official, Genaro García Luna, who served as Mexico’s safety minister from 2006 to 2012. He was arrested within the US final yr on drug fees, the president added.

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