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Barr Gets Judge’s Signoff to Drop Mexican Drug-Traffic Case (2)

Nov. 18, 2020, 7:27 PM

A federal judge dismissed drug-trafficking and money-laundering charges against a former Mexican defense minister after Attorney General William Barr asked the court to drop the case to preserve the U.S. law enforcement partnership with Mexico.

Despite strong evidence against General Salvador Cienfuegos, prosecutors said in a court filing, the “United States has determined that sensitive and important foreign policy considerations outweigh the government’s interest in pursuing the prosecution of the defendant.”

The dismissal sends the case to Mexican investigators and an uncertain fate. The U.S. had justified Cienfuegos’s arrest last month on American soil by citing the risk that ...