Marco Ugarte / AP, FileIn this April 16, 2016, file photo, Mexico’s Defense Secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda salutes soldiers at a military camp in Mexico City. (Marco Ugarte / AP, File)
Former Mexican defense secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, who led the country’s army for six years under ex-President Enrique Peña Nieto, has been arrested on drug trafficking and money laundering charges at Los Angeles International Airport, U.S. and Mexican sources said Thursday.
Two people with knowledge of the arrest said Cienfuegos was taken into custody on a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration warrant.
One of the people said the warrant was for drug trafficking and money laundering charges. Both spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The DEA declined to comment Thursday night.
A senior Mexican official, who also spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Cienfuegos was arrested when he arrived at the Los Angeles airport with his family. His family members were released and he was