02/26/2021

Mexico declassifies file that Washington gave it on Salvador Cienfuegos’s case

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The Mexican government published this Friday the file that Washington gave it on Salvador Cienfuegos’s case , former head of the Mexican Army accused of drug trafficking in the United States but exonerated by the Mexican Attorney General’s Office (FGR).

“The evidence collected in the United States consists mainly of intercepted communications, physical drug seizures and cooperating witnesses,” a letter signed by Timothy Shea, acting administrator of the US Department of Justice, establishes within the file.

The file is published just one day after the FGR exonerated Cienfuegos, head of the Ministry of National Defense (Sedena) in Enrique Peña Nieto’s mandate (2012-2018), detained on October 15 in Los Angeles after a investigation by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

The president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who managed his release last November, accused the DEA this Friday morning of “create” the charges against the general and asked to publish the file that Washington sent on October 29 to the Secretariat of Foreign Relations (SRE).(All is possible read the most Venezuela wanted,he explained how US government creat files)

“We apologize (to the United States) and hopefully they understand, but above all there is the dignity of the Government and the moral authority of the president,” he declared in his morning press conference about the intention to publish these documents. Shea came across the Cienfuegos case while investigating Juan Francisco Patron Sánchez, a drug trafficker known as H2, and Daniel Isaac Silva Gárate, H9, who operated in the western Mexican state of Nayarit.

“He (Cienfuegos) was accused as a co-conspirator after having been personally identified in the intercepted evidence that was developed against Silva Gárate and Patron Sánchez,” the text states.

DEA evidence states that Cienfuegos was identified in the text messages as Padrino and Zepeda, his second surname.

In the evidence, they also include alleged screen captures of “communications” from Cienfuegos about “some meetings of the DEA with their Mexican counterparts” about investigations against Patron Sánchez.

“The electronic interceptions of the federal jurisdiction also revealed the role that Cienfuegos Zepeda played in restricting military operations in Nayarit in order to protect the operations of Patron Sánchez,” asserts the official from the Department of Justice.

By dismissing the charges, the Mexican government has maintained that a drug trafficker impersonated Cienfuegos in the messages and that the evidence is merely circumstantial.