Salvador Cienfuegos is accused of money laundering and links with drug trafficking and organized crime
Salvador Cienfuegos, former Secretary of Mexican Defense, pleaded not guilty Thursday in a New York court of drug trafficking freight, in a case that has strained cooperation between the Latin American country and the United States against illegal drug sales.
The general, until two years ago a prominent star in Mexico’s war against drug cartels, was arrested at Los Angeles’ main airport in mid-October in a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) operation.
Judge Steve Gold accepted the plea made by the former official through a video link in federal court. The 72-year-old former army chief is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, a problematic and overcrowded prison that also houses Ghislaine Maxwell.
Edward Sapone, his lawyer, had said before the hearing in a statement that his client was