Mexico’s former Defence Minister Salvador Cienfuegos was arrested Thursday in america, reportedly on the request of the US Drug Enforcement Administration, in reference to a corruption investigation.
Cienfuegos, who was defence chief from 2012 to 2018, was stated to have been on a visit along with his household when he was detained at Los Angeles airport.
“The consul in Los Angeles will inform me of the costs within the subsequent few hours. We are going to provide the consular help to which he’s entitled,” Mexican International Minister Marcelo Ebrard stated on Twitter.
The Mexican investigative journal Proceso, quoting unnamed sources on the US Division of Justice, reported that the arrest was the results of a long-standing investigation named “Operation Godfather” into corruption involving drug traffickers.
It stated different senior navy officers had additionally come below investigation when US authorities started to gather proof in opposition to drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who’s serving a life sentence within the US.