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Cienfuegos: this is how he allegedly chatted with drug traffickers

The federal government published this Friday the complete file sent by the United States with the accusations against General Salvador Cienfuegos, former secretary of National Defense during Enrique Peña Nieto’s six-year term.

In a letter addressed to the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard, the acting administrator of the United States Department of Justice, Timothy J. Shea, reported that the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) never had as its main objective of investigation to Cienfuegos.

In the letter, the Department of Justice notes that the DEA discovered information reflecting his criminal activity during the course of independent investigations and, in the end, the evidence that led to the indictment brought against him was obtained.

The Attorney General’s Office (FGR) exonerated the former federal official on Thursday, determining, among other things, that no evidence was found that Cienfuegos used any electronic means or equipment to favor criminal groups.

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“It was concluded that General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda never had any encounter with the members of the criminal organization investigated by the North American authorities; nor did he maintain any communication with them, nor did he carry out acts aimed at protecting or helping said individuals” the agency added in a statement.

The following images show a conversation between Cienfuegos and Daniel Silva, ‘H9’, supposed successor of Juan Francisco Patron, ‘H2’, who was the leader of the Beltrán Leyva Cartel. The ‘H9’ was shot down in February 2017, during a Navy operation.

The DEA investigations revealed that the federal government favored, through Cienfuegos, the criminal group led by Juan Francisco Patron, ‘el H2’, who absorbed the operations of the Beltrán Leyva Cartel and operated mainly in Nayarit and a part of Jalisco.