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The threat that put an end to the tension over the Cienfuegos case: Mexico warned that it would expel DEA agents

Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda was arrested on October 15 in Los Angeles, California (Photo: Cuartoscuro) Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda was arrested on October 15 in Los Angeles, California (Photo: Cuartoscuro)

If the United States did not reconsider its search for Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, former head of the National Defense accused of drug trafficking in that country, Mexican officials would expel DEA agents (Drug Enforcement Administration), as revealed by the New York Times.

Since Cienfuegos was arrested last October 15, the highest levels of the Mexican government were outraged that they had not heard of the case. They considered that It was an egregious breach of trust between allies.

“Those emotions reached a peak in recent days, when Mexico City issued an unprecedented warning to its counterparts in Washington: If the United States did not reconsider its search for Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, Mexico would consider expelling US federal drug agents from the country, jeopardizing a decades-long association which has helped bring several drug lords to justice, according to three people familiar with the matter, ”the US media published.

This Wednesday, November 18, Judge Carol Bagley Amon agreed to dismiss the four drug trafficking charges that prosecutors for the Eastern District Court of New York brought to General. One day before, the Department of Justice and the Attorney General of the Mexican Republic announced that an agreement had been reached for the charges to be dropped and Cienfuegos he would be tried in Mexico with evidence provided by the US government.

Marcelo Ebrard said that Cienfuegos returned as another citizen (Photo: EFE / José Pazos) Marcelo Ebrard said that Cienfuegos returned as another citizen (Photo: . / José Pazos)

Giving up Mexican cooperation, enraging an important ally, and then withdrawing from prosecution is a serious setback for the Department. [de Justicia]“Said the New York Times story.

According to the note signed by journalists Alan Feuer and Natalie Kitroeff, High-ranking officials met in recent days and expressed their anger that they were surprised by the US, your closest ally. The Discussions were not about the general should get out of the trial, but about the breach of trust by keeping Mexico without data from an investigation of such an important profile.

The army, institution whose president Andrés Manuel López Obrador depends largely during its administration, he was particularly furious and indicated that it was a transgression of sovereignty. In consecuense, military officials pressured the Mexican government to take action, detailed the North American media.

After the arrest of the general, analysts warned about internal and external impacts on Sedena, which had received a major blow to its reliability.

Raúl Benítez Manaut, specialist in National Security and Armed Forces, already warned in a discussion on October 22 that internally a reaction of a reactive military nationalist type had developed, which meant a feeling of betrayal by the US authorities when going against one of the high command when they were supposed to have a close collaboration.

The DEA and the Mexican government have collaborated in the arrest of the great drug lords such as Chapo Guzmán (Photo: Reuters / Archive) The DEA and the Mexican government have collaborated in the arrest of the great drug lords such as Chapo Guzmán (Photo: . / Archive)

The followers of this sector would propose to reduce and even freeze relations with the US government. That is why it was important to prevent it, because it is necessary for countries to fight together against illicit drug trafficking. After the dismissal of charges was announced, Benítez Manaut told . Mexico that, in effect, the Army pressured the López Obrador government “very hard”.

The Press reports on pressure from the DEA had already been advanced by the Washington Post; The outlet cited a US official who attributed the dismissal of charges against the general to threats of “limit” anti-drug agency operations.

The influence of Labor union on the general’s return

Versions of the Emeequis portal revealed that The military brotherhood in charge of operating before the Mexican government would be a group within the Army called The Union.

It would be about a group of high-ranking military personnel, among whom would be officers in office and other retirees. Most of them, according to the Mexican media, are four-star generals. The Syndicate, according to Emeequis, sent his messages to the current head of the Sedena, Luis Cresencio Sandoval, where they said that they would not remain patient to see how their credibility was damaged.

Some analysts said that AMLO should come out in defense of the institution on which he has depended in his government (PHOTO: GALO CAÑAS /CUARTOSCURO.COM) Some analysts said that AMLO should come out in defense of the institution on which he has depended in his government (PHOTO: GALO CAÑAS /CUARTOSCURO.COM)

After Cienfuegos was sent to New York, other high ranking military men demonstrated. The The union’s military brotherhood would be in charge of operating on issues of importance to López Obrador, such as the National Guard or infrastructure works such as the airport in Santa Lucía and the Dos Bocas refinery in Tabasco.

According to the official version, referred to by Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard and the US Attorney’s Office, after a dialogue the binational relationship was privileged and the general will be tried in Mexico with evidence provided by the Department of Justice. In the US, the former head of the Sedena was accused of four charges related to trafficking of cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine, in addition to benefiting the H-2 Cartel, a remnant of the Beltrán Leyva.

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