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Politics Former Mexican defense minister arrested at Los Angeles airport on DEA warrant

18:56  16 october  2020
18:56  16 october  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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Mexico's former defense minister, Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, was arrested Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport on a warrant from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

a airplane that is driving down the road: Former Mexican defense minister arrested at Los Angeles airport on DEA warrant © Getty Images Former Mexican defense minister arrested at Los Angeles airport on DEA warrant

DEA Los Angeles Division spokesperson Nicole Nishida confirmed the arrest to Reuters but declined to provide any details.

Mexico's foreign secretary, Marcelo Ebrard, said on Twitter that U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Christopher Landau informed him of Cienfuegos' detention.

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Cienfuegos, 72, served under former President Enrique Peña Nieto from 2012 to 2018. He was national defense secretary during an extended conflict between drug cartels and Mexico's army.

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Could one high-profile prosecution leave deeper damage to U.S.-Mexico ties on fighting drug cartels? “The only thing that I am sure of is that the bilateral, military-to-military and defense-to-defense relationship between Mexico and the United States will continue to strengthen more and more,” Cienfuegos told Craig Deare, a former assistant U.S. defense attache in Mexico and a military historian, before leaving office in late 2018.

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