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Arrest of former defense minister shatters trust in Mexico's armed forces

October 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Mexico's Defense Secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda salutes soldiers at the Number 1 military camp in Mexico City, Saturday, April 16, 2016. Cienfuegos formally apologized to the country for a video-recorded incident of torture involving two soldiers and a federal police officer. He urged soldiers and citizens to come forward to report other abuses. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

The arrest of general Cienfuegos Zepeda has shaken not only the armed forces as an institution, but also the trust Mexicans have had in the military for generations.

Cienfuegos Zepeda, who served 54 years in the Mexican armed forces, is accused of taking bribes in exchange for allowing a Mexican drug cartel, known for gruesome acts of violence, to operate with impunity in Mexico.

The arrest of general Cienfuegos Zepeda has shaken not only the armed forces but also the trust Mexicans have had in the military for generations.

For many Mexicans, the arrest of general Cienfuegos Zepeda, who also served as director of Mexico's Heroic Military College, the most prestigious of its kind, poses a tricky question: Now what?

To many Mexicans, the Cienfuegos Zepeda case strikes at the heart of Mexico's fight against drug trafficking and transnational criminal organizations that have managed to corrupt government officials at the highest levels.

Esquivel has investigated corruption within the Mexican police and armed forces for years, and he says he had learned through sources about the upcoming arrest of a high-profile former Mexican official, a story he did not publish to avoid compromising the investigation.

"He [Cienfuegos Zepeda] is being linked with the Beltrán-Leyva criminal organization, which dominated [the Mexican state of] Guerrero, trafficking cocaine, heroin and marijuana to the New York region when he was an officer in Mexico's Ninth Military Region," Esquivel said.

Mike Vigil, who served as Special Agent in Charge of the DEA's Caribbean and San Diego Divisions, says Cienfuegos Zepeda's arrest is a glaring example of the strength and reach that transnational Mexican criminal organizations have, especially when it comes to their power to bribe.

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