After Judge Carol Bagley Amon agreed to dismiss the four charges against former Mexican public official Salvador Cienfuegos for deportation to Mexico, the reactions of the US authorities were soon revealed.
For example, through the newspaper The New York Times, sources close to the North American investigation reported that the prosecutors in charge of assembling the case supposedly related to drug trafficking against the retired general they are “devastated.”
The above, revealed the media, after considering that their superiors “They decided to leave the investigations in the North American courts”, despite the statements of prosecutor William Barr, who assured in a statement that he will be properly “investigated and, if appropriate, charged” by the Mexican authorities.
On the other hand, they announced that the decision surprised State department collaborators and Congress, reported journalists Alan Feuer and Natalie Kitroeff.
Even, they assured, there is the thought that dropping the charges against the general could be a serious blow to the exhaustive persecution undertaken by the government of President Donald Trump against organized crime and the Cartels from Mexico.
In addition, dismissing the charges for delivering all the information to the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) led by Alejandro Gertz-Manero would have specifically angered the State Department Office of Western Hemisphere Affairsrevealed the international media.
For its part, Salvador Cienfuegos arrived at the Toluca airport, in the State of Mexico, around 6:40 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, 2020. His departure was recorded from New Jersey, according to the FGR statement.
It was the Marshals Service of the The United States who successfully transported the former head of National Defense (Sedena) during the administration of the PRI flag bearer Enrique Peña Nieto.
Upon his arrival in Mexico, as a free citizen, the general descended from the aircraft to undergo a protocol medical expert examination. Authorities revealed that his health condition was favorable.
Minutes later He was informed about an investigation folder in which he is involved and provided his contact details to be located. He left half an hour after the offices of the FGR in the Toluca hangar, at 7:12 p.m..
“General Cienfuegos He was notified and provided all his personal and contact information, including address and cell phone, where he can be located and summoned for the proceedings that may be required and ordered by the Public Ministry of the Federation, expressing their total willingness to meet the requirements of the investigation, “the Prosecutor’s Office clarified.
But they have not been the first reactions of the authorities around the issue. According to the American newspaper The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), an agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) He assured that the decision was demoralizing.
“It’s demoralizing because this should have gone to trial. It makes us look foolish … We lose credibility. It is a shame”the veteran agent who works in Latin America told the international media.
In addition, they revealed that the shock in the authorities is due to the time, several years, it took to prepare the investigation folder, as well as the arrest of the retired general that took place in mid-October 2020 in Los Angeles.