US Authorities Drop Criminal Investigation Against Mexico’s Former Security Chief

The US attorney general dropped drug trafficking and money laundering charges on former Mexican defense secretary Salvador Cienfuegos on Wednesday morning, leaving him to Mexico’s justice system.

The US attorney general dropped drug trafficking and money laundering charges on former Mexican defense secretary Salvador Cienfuegos on Wednesday morning, leaving him to Mexico’s justice system.

In a joint statement, the US attorney general and Mexico’s Federal Attorney-General announced that charges against Cienfuegos would be formally dropped in the United States, but that he  faces criminal investigation in Mexico.

According to the US Justice Department, all evidence and information on his arrest were sent to the Mexican prosecution, pointing out that both parties will fully cooperate in this case.

The statement added that the Mexican government started its own investigation after being informed of his arrest in the United States before which no investigation or allegations had been posed in Mexico against him.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador declared that no evidence or accusation had been leveled so far, accusing the US Drug Enforcement Administration of collaborating with Cienfuegos.

“There was no information; they [DEA] had more information because they used to work together, we didn’t possess any information, and we didn’t cover for anyone,” he said during a press conference.


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