Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, Secretary of National Defense in Mexico from 2012 to 2018, is implicated of taking allurements in exchange for allowing a cartel to run in Mexico, federal district attorneys stated when he was jailed in October. He was charged in Brooklyn, New York City City, with cash laundering and narcotics conspiracy.
United States Attorney General Of The United States William Barr revealed a handle Mexican Chief law officer Alejandro Gertz Manero under which United States district attorneys will look for to dismiss charges versus Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, who will be committed Mexican authorities who have actually opened their own examination into him.
A federal judge in New york city’s Eastern District set up a hearing Wednesday, where district attorneys are anticipated to ask the judge to dismiss the charges.
The October 15 arrest of Cienfuegos while on holiday in Los Angeles was the conclusion of a yearslong effort by Drug Enforcement Administration detectives and United States district attorneys who worked to reveal senior-level federal government authorities who assisted secure violent drug trafficking groups in Mexico.
Shame and anger
However the arrest likewise ashamed and outraged lots of in the Mexican federal government, who grumbled that United States authorities had not supplied enough alert, according to United States and Mexican authorities informed on the matter. Top-level talks occurred in current weeks to enable Mexican authorities to attempt to prosecute the basic, a United States authorities stated.
Mexico’s Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard stated on Tuesday night in a press conference that he had a discussion with Barr following Cienfuegos’ arrest, revealing Mexico’s “discontent” for “the absence of info shared in the examination” and detention of Cienfuegos.
” We have an alliance versus arranged criminal activity and it was not, for us, the federal government of Mexico, easy to understand that being allies we would not be informed,” Erbard stated.
Stress in between the nations had actually grown in the month given that the arrest, triggering the Mexican federal government to weigh what action it ought to take in reaction, a Mexican federal government authorities informed CNN.
” We had currently been taking a look at the security relationship currently with the DEA and others stating, is this properly to go? Is this working or not? (The arrest of Cienfuegos) did not assist.”
The authorities stated he did not have direct understanding of any final notices Mexico may have made throughout settlements, such as restricting the DEA’s capability to work collectively with Mexican security forces, however stated senior Mexican diplomats absolutely revealed their distress with the United States. “It’s undesirable to deal with an ally in this manner,” the source stated.
The source included that the choice to demand charges be dropped versus Cienfuegos so he might possibly deal with charges in Mexico was viewed as a significant action towards enhancing bilateral relations that had actually threatened to continue to sour.
Mexican district attorneys had actually opened their own examination into Cienfuegos after his arrest in the United States, the joint US-Mexico declaration stated. And “in the interest of showing our joined front versus all kinds of criminality” and “so that he might be examined and, if proper, charged under Mexican law,” the United States Department of Justice chose to look for the termination of charges, the declaration stated.
Authorities punishing cartels
The New york city district attorneys who charged Cienfuegos remained in the very same workplace that effectively prosecuted Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, who was sentenced in 2019 to life in jail plus thirty years. In July, the very same United States, lawyer’s workplace brought charges versus Genaro García Luna, previous Secretary of Public Security, Mexico’s leading federal investigative firm, for supposedly assisting the Sinaloa cartel’s drug trafficking operations.
Barr, who has actually made himself as a hard order guy throughout his present period, has actually likewise boasted internally about his deal with Mexican authorities to acquire extradition of leading drug trafficking suspects. The offer to return Cienfuegos with just a guarantee by Mexican authorities to examine him has actually outraged detectives and district attorneys who have actually invested years working to target Mexican drug traffickers and the corrupt authorities who secured them, according to present and previous authorities informed on the matter.
Last month, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who has actually pledged to punish the cartels and corruption, called Cienfuegos’s arrest, “an extremely regrettable reality.”