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    By Parker Asmann.

    The US arrest of Mexico’s former defense minister on drug charges confirms what has long been alleged by traffickers and civilians alike: that the country’s military, which plays an outsized role in the fight against organized crime, has been thoroughly corrupted.

    On October 15, the US Ambassador to Mexico, Christopher Landau, informed Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard that former general Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, Mexico’s defense secretary under former President Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018), had been arrested at Los Angeles’ international airport.

    The arrest order from the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) came after Cienfuegos — dubbed “El Padrino,” or the “Godfather” — was charged with three counts of drug conspiracy and one count of money laundering, according to an indictment filed in August 2019 in the Eastern District of New York. ...

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