DW: Former Mexican army chief arrested in US on drug trafficking charges Salvador Cienfuegos was held at Los Angeles airport on drug trafficking and money laundering charges. He was a powerful figure in the war against Mexico’s drug cartels, a fight that has left nearly 300,000 people dead.
A former Mexican defense minister and army chief, Salvador Cienfuegos, has been arrested in the United States on drug trafficking and money laundering charges, authorities confirmed on Thursday.
Cienfuegos, who was defense chief from 2012 until 2018, was reportedly on a trip with his family when he was detained at Los Angeles airport.
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