Update: Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda charged with drug trafficking

A former Mexican defence minister has been charged with drug trafficking and laundering money while holding public office, US prosecutors say. Gen Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda was arrested at Los Angeles airport on Thursday, he is due to make a court appearance on four charges in California on Friday, his charges include conspiracy to distribute heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana to the US. Prosecutors accuse Mr Cienfuegos, a retired general known as “The Godfather”, of helping the H-2 Cartel – “an extremely violent Mexican drug-trafficking organisation” smuggle drugs into the US. In exchange for bribe payments, he permitted the H-2 Cartel, … Continue reading Update: Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda charged with drug trafficking

Mexico’s former defense minister detained by US authorities at Los Angeles airport

Former Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and former Defense Secretary Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda watch the annual military parade at Zocalo main square, in Mexico City, Mexico. Mexico’s former defense minister, General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, was detained by US authorities at the Los Angeles International Airport, Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on twitter Thursday night. Ebrard said he was informed of the detention by US Ambassador to Mexico Christopher Landau. Charges against Cienfuegos Zepeda have not been announced, and US authorities have not yet confirmed his detention. According to a US Drug Enforcement Administration spokeswoman, who said they could not confirm or … Continue reading Mexico’s former defense minister detained by US authorities at Los Angeles airport

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Mexico: Ex-President Enrique Peña Nieto accused of corruption and bribery Prosecutors in Mexico have opened a corruption investigation against former President Enrique Peña Nieto. It comes after Emilio Lozoya, the ex-head of the state energy firm, accused Mr Peña Nieto of taking millions of dollars in bribes and bribing MPs. Mr Lozoya was extradited from Spain last month to stand trial on corruption charges linked to Brazil’s construction giant Odebrecht. Mr Peña Nieto, who was in office in 2012-18, has so far made no comments. Last year, a witness testifying at a US trial of Mexico’s drug cartel kingpin Joaquín … Continue reading Politics