US Charges Ex-Mexican Military Chief With Cartel Drug Plot

Law360 (October 16, 2020, 10:56 PM EDT) -- Mexico's former secretary of national defense was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport and charged with taking part in an international cartel conspiracy to import heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines and marijuana, according to charges unsealed Friday in New York federal court.

From December 2015 through September 2017, Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, who is also known as El Padrino, accepted cash bribes from the H-2 cartel and, in exchange, abused his position, as the head of the Mexican army and air force from 2012 to 2018, to allow H-2 to smuggle thousands of kilograms of drugs into the United States, federal prosecutors claim....

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