In Shock Move, U.S. to Drop Charges Against ex-Mexican Defense Minister

The arrest of Cienfuegos, a retired army general who for years worked closely with U.S. counterparts on highly sensitive cross-border security cases, put a severe strain on security ties between the two countries. Mexico was not forewarned of the investigation and arrest.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The United States will drop drug charges against former Mexican Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos and turn over the investigation of his alleged crimes to Mexico, officials said on Tuesday, November 17th, after the Mexican government had chafed at U.S. prosecutors’ handling of the case.

The surprise decision to drop U.S. charges in the politically controversial case was announced in a joint statement on Tuesday from . . .

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