April 15, 2021


Beyond law

Mexico publishes US proof on ex-defense secretary

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador dismissed the proof against Cienfuegos Friday as circumstantial and accused the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration of fabricating the accusations and displaying a absence of professionalism in their investigation.

It was not straight away clear if the recently unveiled documents would have an impact on other prosecutions in the U.S. or compromise the identity of witnesses.

The situation file includes transcripts of Blackberry messenger exchanges purportedly amongst cartel figures and Cienfuegos, who U.S. prosecutors have stated was identified alternately as “The Godfather,” “Zepeda” and “Sepeda.” All of the webpages are marked: “Shared for every courtroom purchase, not for additional distribution.”

The U.S. Justice Department reported Friday it reserved the correct to resume the prosecution of Cienfuegos, who had been accused of accepting bribes in trade for ensuring the armed service did not take motion from the H-2 cartel while acting against its rivals. He was also accused of introducing cartel leaders to other corrupt Mexican officers.

The circumstance file begins with textual content messages exchanged in December 2015 in between Daniel Silva Garate, alias “el H-9,” and Juan Francisco Patrón Sánchez, “H-2,” who were being leading drug gang figures in Mexico’s Pacific coastline state of Nayarit. Both of those have been killed two many years afterwards in shootouts with the Mexican Marines.

In the exchange, Silva Garate, a lieutenant to the Patrón Sanchez, describes attending a assembly with “The Godfather.”

Silva Garate describes being picked up by adult men with shorter, navy-design haircuts donning berets. He suggests they ended up traveling in three SUVs with darkened windshields, “going like insane,” escorted by bikes.

At a person level, Patrón Sanchez tells his underling, “He (The Godfather) is next to the president … communicate calmly to him.” Silva Garate later describes getting a meal with a pale-skinned gentleman — Cienfuegos has pale, pock-marked pores and skin — and staying taken to a household in the luxury Mexico City neighborhood of Las Lomas.

At just one point, Silva-Garate tells his manager that the gentlemen — whose heads are also close-cut — are having him to Defense Division headquarters in Mexico City.

Patron Sanchez tells Silva Garate, “Give him a hug and tell him it is an honor to meet up with him, and notify him that if we loved him prior to, now we would die for him, we will hardly ever damage him.”

Silva-Garate claims the gentleman was wearing a uniform. “Hey, this is the male who appears on television,” he writes in amazement, while he he spells the identify as Salvador Sinfuego Sepeda.

“He desires you to do the job so there is a crapload of money,” Silva Garate texts his boss. “We have to do one thing from Colombia.”

Silva Garate at one particular issue says “The Godfather” is concerned about stability and would like them to delete references to him, and the two concur to throw away their telephones following the meeting is above.

“There’s no way he won’t be identified,” Patrón Sanchez jokes at an additional stage.

Silva Garate tells his manager that the “The Godfather” informed him: “Now we are likely to do massive things with you … that what you have carried out is modest-time.”

Immediately after Patrón Sanchez experiences that a boat leaving Colombia has seemingly been caught while transporting medications, almost certainly 420 kilograms of cocaine, Silva Garate claims the Godfather has told him “he has pals in Colombia that can support you,”

Silva Garate asks his manager what he wishes from the Godfather, and Patrón Sanchez says he wishes unmolested routes to ship medication from Colombia. Silva Garate texts back, “He suggests that as extended as he is here, you will be no cost … that they will never have out powerful functions,” or raids.

Silva Garate tells his boss the “The Godfather” informed him that, “You can slumber peacefully, no procedure will touch you.”

Sanchez Patron texts back again, “We are really grateful to him, explain to him I really do not know how to pay him for this enable.”

Sanchez Patron tells his subordinate to talk to The Godfather “to support us with Mazatlan,” the Pacific coastline vacation resort metropolis then dominated by the Sinaloa cartel. “Tell him it is our desire … to be again on our turf.”

Sanchez Patrón writes “He has by now finished a whole lot for me, I owe him everything,” and Silva Garate responds, “Look at how very long it has been due to the fact there was a raid in your condition (Nayarit).”