The Government of the US President, Donald Trump, agreed with the Government of Mexico to request the withdrawal of the charges of drug trafficking and money laundering against former Mexican Secretary of Defense Salvador Cienfuegos, detained in the United States since October, in exchange for being investigated in his country.
“The US Department of Justice has made the decision to request the withdrawal of the criminal charges against former Secretary Cienfuegos, so that he can be investigated and, if appropriate, be charged, in accordance with Mexican law“both countries reported in a joint statement.
Arrested in the United States for drug trafficking and money laundering
Hundred fires, former Secretary of Defense of Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018) He was arrested on October 15 at the Los Angeles airport and later transferred to New York. The general has pleaded not guilty to the charges he was charged with, allegedly committed while he was minister.
In the statement, the US Attorney General, William Barr, and his Mexican counterpart, Alejandro Gertz Manero, appealed to “the solid alliance” between Mexico and the United States in matters of public order to make this decision.
In addition, the US Department of Justice has shared with the Mexican Prosecutor’s Office “evidence in this case and the commitment to continue cooperation, within this framework, to support the investigation of the Mexican authorities.”
According to the statement, Mexico opened its own investigation against Cienfuegos after his arrest in the United States.
Cienfuegos has scheduled a hearing this Wednesday in the New York court that is handling his case, where the Prosecutor’s Office could already report its request to drop the charges.
The government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador expressed at the end of October its disagreement with the United States for not having shared the information that led to the arrest of General Salvador Cienfuegos.
The López Obrador government is precisely one of the few that has not yet recognized the victory of the US president-elect, Joe Biden, in the elections two weeks ago.
Cienfuegos was considered one of the most reputable soldiers in the Armed Forces and highly esteemed among the troops, a career clouded by the Ayotzinapa massacre and, now, by his arrest at the request of the US Anti-Drug Agency (DEA, in its acronym in English). ).