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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Mexican Judge Agrees to Re-Open Case Against Ex-Army General Salvador Cienfuegos

"Morogris" for Borderland Beat

Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda had his charges dropped in Mexico after President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that the drug cartel allegations against him were "politically motivated". In the US, Cienfuegos was accused of collaborating with a faction of the Beltrán Leyva Cartel. 

A Mexican federal judge admitted a legal motion filed by the LeBarón family, with seeks to reopen the investigation against the former Secretary of National Defense (Sedena), Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, who was implicated last year of having ties to a drug cartel.

Germán Cruz Silva, Second District Judge in Administrative Matters in Mexico City, agreed to review the motion and ruled in favor of it today.

However, the Office of the President of Mexico and Ministry of Foreign Relations (SRE) contested the judge's decision and will fight to close the case.

Bryan and Adrián LeBarón went to the National Palace to present a letter to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) to inform him of the request to re-open the case.

"Leaving the case of General Cienfuegos unpunished ... would be failing to do justice to every life lost, every family destroyed, and every unfinished future. Because that is the result of protecting organized crime from Mexico's state institutions", LeBaron's letter read.

At a press conference, Bryan LeBarón declared:

"We promoted the legal motion because, as a society, we have the right to know the truth and have justice Narco-politicians who protect criminals from the institutions are more dangerous than hitmen who pull the trigger. We are going to do everything in our power because we do not want our children to continue being the victims of complicity."

The Lebarons thanked AMLO for the support that his government has given in the November 2019 murder investigation against 9 of their family members, but asked him to respect the autonomy of the courts to re-open Cienfuegos' case.


Cienfuegos was the head of the Mexican Army during the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto. During his tenure, Juan Francisco Patron Sanchez ("El H2") was the head of a group that the US refers to as the H2 Cartel, a faction of the Beltran Leyva Organization (BLO). 

While El H2 was alive, the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) intercepted several phone conversations he had with drug traffickers. These conversations served as evidence against Cienfuegos, who the US claims was known by the BLO was "El Padrino" (The Godfather).

Cienfuegos was indicted in the US for reportedly helping the BLO's drug trafficking operations. He was arrested in October 2020 in Los Angeles in one of the highest-profile drug trafficking cases in recent decades.

However, his arrest angered the Mexican Army, who claimed that the evidences against Cienfuegos were "fabricated". After months of secret meetings between Mexican and US officials, Cienfuegos' charges were dropped and he was allowed to return to Mexico. There were rumors that the Mexican Army threatened to refuse to collaborate with the DEA after this incident.

Once in Mexico, a court ruled that Cienfuegos was innocent and his criminal allegations were dismissed. This decision was supported by AMLO and approved by Mexico's Attorney General's Office (FGR).

Sources: Milenio; Proceso; Borderland Beat archives


  1. "Narco-politicians who protect criminals from the institutions are more dangerous than hitmen who pull the trigger."

    100% correct.

    1. Agree, u r right

    2. 5:11 cienpedos has been a US puppet since he graduated mexican military college for MEXICO 68 TLATELOLCO MASSACRE where he first earned his knee pads, then courses at the School of the Americas" in Soy Cultivation" promoted him to the top, the US has made a pact with cienpedos for their own good.

    3. 5:11 cienpedos has been a US puppet since he graduated mexican military college for MEXICO 68 TLATELOLCO MASSACRE where he first earned his knee pads, then courses at the School of the Americas" in Soy Cultivation" promoted him to the top, the US has made a pact with cienpedos for their own good.

  2. Reopen case and let him go

  3. The LeBaron family has been quite actively lately. This is a big move to pressure AMLO. This is very interesting. I hope they find justice for the murder of their family members.

    1. Those labaron FAMILY are no saints
      IT'S cartels against cartels, nobody likes that FAMILY in that region because they stole the water from all the farmers around their ranch.

    2. Garbage comment.

    3. 7:59 wins, easy.
      6:32 you don't know nothing

  4. If he already got cleared by the "world polic 🇺🇸 ", there is NOTHING that will be done about this crooked GENERAL..
    He is protected just LIKE CALDERON, Pena nieto, and the rest of the CROOKs that are suppost to protect the MEXICAN people but in turn screw them OVER..
    Expect Mexico to get WORSE with more violence and more killings..
    Why DOESN'T AMLO STUPID A$$ do anything about the violence or cartel problem in Mexico? Don't be naive and think he is doing something about it because he has NOT..
    The plan is for many MORE MEXICAN people to get killed, that's the agenda..

    1. Oh no caps locks mocoso.

    2. 8:18 my number one FAN 😆
      Ive been here for YEARS and I ain't leaving so get used to it baby CAKES!

    3. 8 38 spend time at school too, so your grammar can get better on BB
      comments. YOU cAtCH mY dRIFT

  5. What does cienpedos have to do with the lebarrons I dont get it

    1. My guess: Nothing other than a symbolic act from them to probably bring more attention to their case. With the recent killing of their attorney in Sonora I’m sure they’re worried about the government shutting down their case or wanting to silence them. They’ve been very outspoken since the family killing.

    2. This is pretty crazy news. Granted nothing will ultimately change the course of the sht show, but LeBarons are really flexing here and stirring up a very, very dangerous pot. Granted they may very well be on the extreme corruption/sociopathic scale, but still...balls?
      Judge and lawers would have to be housed in an armored truck for the next decade to take on this case. But, as has been shown, there is never enough armour.
      I wonder where or if USA, DEA/CIA are backing any of this covertly After release? Does anyone have any idea or opinions? Ms. H

  6. Not good either way
    its a whole big can of worms opps I mean can of Snakes
    and no one wants to get bit
    now i would love to be that flay on thd wall in those meetings between this general and almo

  7. A hard sell to proceed with an investigation against the former General. Can only imagine the legal fight ahead.

  8. Judge wants bribe money to make it go away.

  9. Amlo and the General in bed together

  10. I see the Lebaron family coming under attack soon..

  11. Screw the LeBaron family! They move their rich family down to Mexico, thinking that they can be a leader in that area of Mexico. They didn't realize that their money and false sense of power didn't get them shit! The very own people who were underestimated by them and many Americans were richer,smarter and had more power than they should've fucked with. I'm an American who looked down on Mexican workers back in the 90's. I've grown alot since then, getting wise enough to not underestimate anyone. I've met Mexican people who were smarter and richer than me, and also ones who weren't,it doesn't matter, in the scheme of life, that stuff doesn't matter. I'm grateful to have realized who not to fuck with though. LeBaron family is learning the hard way. For their children's sake,they should stop now!


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