Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves a former Mexican defense minister being arrested in the United States.
U.S. officials arrested a former Mexican secretary of defense on drug charges on Thursday.
Retired General Salvador Cienfuegos was in Los Angeles and the arrest was announced in a late night tweet by Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard. The minister said he expected to be informed by Mexican consular officials of the charges in coming hours. A Mexican government official confirmed the arrest was requested by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Cienfuegos was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport with his family. While the charges were not yet announced, the Associated Press quoted an unidentified source as saying the arrest warrant listed drug trafficking and money laundering allegations.
This arrest comes as the Trump administration has pressed Mexico to take tougher steps against trafficking organizations. The country is the source of almost all the heroin and methamphetamines arriving in the United States, and a major transit route for cocaine and fentanyl. In September, Trump said in an annual drug finding that Mexico “must clearly demonstrate its commitment to dismantling the cartels” and work harder to seize chemicals used in the production of fentanyl.
Cienfuegos who is 72 years old, was secretary of defense from 2012 to 2018 under then President Enrique Peña Nieto.
Cienfuegos is the highest ranking Mexican official to be detained in the United States since the arrest in of Genaro García Luna in December on allegations of taking millions of dollars in bribes from the Sinaloa cartel. García Luna, who served as minister of public security from 2006 to 2012, is expected to go on trial in New York in coming months. He has pleaded not guilty.