The 72-year-old retired military man was arrested on October 15 at the main airport in Los Angeles, in the United States, at the request of the DEA. Photo: Reuters
The Univisión chain reported tonight that the former head of the National Defense Secretariat (Sedena), General Salvador Cienfuegos, was transferred to New York, where he will face charges related to drug trafficking and money laundering.
The transfer was made after a federal judge, based in Los Angeles, California, determined that the former head of the Sedena was taken to federal court in Brooklyn.
In mid-October, the former head of the Mexican Army during the term of President Enrique Peña (2012-2018), Salvador Cienfuegos, was apprehended at the airport in Los Angeles, California, on charges of having protected a drug cartel and collaborating in their activities.
On October 20, the former defense secretary was ordered to remain in US custody without the right to bail, pending his trial on drug trafficking charges.
The 72-year-old retired military man was arrested on October 15 at the main airport in Los Angeles at the request of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA, for its acronym in English).
The US federal judge alleged that there is a risk of flight and ordered that Cienfuegos be transferred to New York to continue with the proceedings.
The former head of the Mexican army was indicted in a federal court in New York with three counts of drug trafficking and one of money laundering.
Federal prosecutors say Cienfuegos accepted bribes in exchange for protection for suspected members of the Beltrán Leyva brothers’ cartel, including warning them about the US investigations.
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