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General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda was originally Mexico’s defense minister for six years, however, he was recently arrested in October at the LAX airport, per request of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). 

Following his arrest, Cienfuegos was indicted on money-laundering charges. He allegedly helped smuggle drugs for the cartel in exchange for bribes. He was sentenced to ten years in prison and was denied bail by a judge. The cartel that he is connected with is known as “H-2,” which is known to be one of the deadliest cartels.

Cienfuegos was a part of Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto’s administration along with Official Genaro Garcia Luna, who was also arrested following charges for accepting a bribe. 

Luna’s bribe was related to a Sinaloan drug cartel in which he helped cover a part of their bribe. When Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took the presidency in 2018, he assured the people of Mexico that he would put an end to government corruption or as he would say, “clean the government like we do the stairs.” 

However, President Obrador was allegedly upset following the arrest of Cienfuego. According to Prensa Latina, Obrador warned officials that all accusations must be proven before acting upon them and that the process must be legal. 

U.S. officials were said to have found evidence in a Cienfuegos phone which exchanged messages between the H-2 cartel and Cienfuegos, it was alleged that he was protecting the cartel. 

However, U.S. prosecutors have now released all evidence belonging to Cienfuegos’ case and it is now in the hands of Mexico’s Justice Department. Although there wasn’t much explanation as to why it was done, it is confirmed that Cienfuegos will now be transported to Mexico. Therefore, he will be under Mexican authorities and they have now opened their own investigation on him.

Written ByItzel Mendoza

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