U.S. detains Mexico's ex-defense minister on DEA warrant

U.S. detains Mexico’s ex-defense minister on DEA warrant

By Steve Gorman and Frank Jack Daniel

LOS ANGELES/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - U.S authorities detained the defense minister for Mexican ex-president Enrique Pena Nieto at Los Angeles airport on Thursday on a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) warrant, a DEA spokeswoman told Reuters.

As defense minister General Salvador Cienfuegos was a powerful figure in Mexico’s drug war in which the army battled cartels across the country. Several of Mexico’s former top-ranking ‘drug war’ officials have been implicated in narcotics.

The detention of Cienfuegos comes on the heels of the arrest of ex-President Felipe Calderon’s security minister, Genaro Garcia Luna.

This is the 2nd “big fish” they have gotten this year.

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