MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s president has criticized the historic position performed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in his nation days after a former Mexican military chief was arrested in Los Angeles on medication prices on the behest of the DEA.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador described Thursday’s arrest of ex-Protection Minister Salvador Cienfuegos as proof of rampant corruption in previous governments. However it additionally dealt a heavy blow to a robust establishment he depends on.
Talking within the southern state of Oaxaca on Saturday, Lopez Obrador stated the DEA had for years handled Cienfuegos and Genaro Garcia Luna, Mexico’s safety minister from 2006-12 who has additionally been charged in america with drug trafficking offenses.
Throughout that point, he famous, U.S. and Mexican officers intentionally allowed arms to be trafficked into Mexico in an try to hint them to cartel leaders, resulting in many deaths. However solely Mexicans have been being held accountable, he stated.
“Why is it that it is simply the individuals in Mexico who took half in these acts being accused or implicated, and (the DEA) aren’t criticizing themselves, reflecting on the meddling by all these companies in Mexico?” Lopez Obrador stated. “They got here into the nation with full freedom, they did no matter they wished.”
In view of the DEA’s involvement, he stated, it ought to give account of what it had finished in Mexico.
The DEA didn’t reply to a request for remark.
The arrest of Cienfuegos has raised uncomfortable questions on Lopez Obrador’s religion within the armed forces, which he has given accountability not only for combating drug gangs, but additionally for overseeing important civilian infrastructure.
Cienfuegos was in command of the military from 2012-18 beneath former President Enrique Pena Nieto.
Lopez Obrador has voiced assist for Cienfuegos’ successor within the military and his navy counterpart.
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