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AFP
October 18, 2020

US charges Mexican ex-defence chief

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AFP
October 18, 2020

NEW YORK: A former Mexican defence minister has been detained in the United States and charged with drug trafficking and money laundering in the latest high-profile arrest linked to the country´s powerful cartels.

Salvador Cienfuegos, a key figure in ex-president Enrique Pena Nieto´s 2012-2018 government, was detained at Los Angeles airport on Thursday while on a trip with his family. The prosecution said the evidence included thousands of Blackberry messages between Cienfuegos and cartel members intercepted by the authorities.