Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard signs Twitter that he was told about the arrest of US Ambassador to Mexico Christopher Landau.
The news agency AP is informed by two anonymous sources that it is the drug police DEA who arrested Cienfuegos, and that he is charged with drug trafficking and money laundering.
The DEA has not responded to AP’s inquiries.
Cienfuegos was Mexico’s Secretary of Defense between 2012 and 2018 under President Enrique Peña Nieto. The 72-year-old, who is retired, was arrested at the airport in Los Angeles when he arrived with his family, according to AP.