By:Nadeemy Haded

The US Department of Justice announced the arrest of a Mexican citizen in Miami, south of the country, on Sunday, on charges of involvement in illegal activity within the territory of the United States for the Russian government.

The ministry said in a statement that Hector Alejandro Cabrera Fuentes, a Mexican citizen residing in Singapore, was arrested at Miami International Airport as he and his wife tried to leave on a trip to Mexico.

According to the statement, a Russian government official recruited Fuentes last year, during a meeting they gathered earlier this month in Russia, and gave him an external description of a car belonging to an "American government source", and instructed him to monitor the car and find out its license plate number

The statement continued, that Vojtenes and his wife went to the source's residence, which he did not give any details about, last Friday and his wife took a picture of the car plate.

The Ministry of Justice said that a close-up of the plaque was found on her phone, when US Customs and Border Protection officials searched the couple's phones at the airport, and Fuentes subsequently admitted to law enforcement officers that this operation had been ordered by a Russian government official.

According to the statement, Fuentes' arrest came on the basis of a complaint charged with "acting inside the United States on behalf of a foreign government (Russia) without notifying the public prosecutor, and conspiring to do so."

Fuentes is scheduled to appear before a hearing at the Miami Magistrate's Court on Friday, to be formally charged in the same court on March 3.

Source: Agencies

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