(HorizonPost.com) – The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced it’s dropping drug trafficking and money laundering charges it had brought against a former high-ranking member of the Mexican government. Retired General Salvador Cienfuegos was arrested at LAX in mid-October 2020 after being secretly indicted in August 2019.
The U.S. Justice Department is dropping its drug trafficking and money laundering case against former Mexican Defense Secretary Salvador Cienfuegos, Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday. https://t.co/83LhndjaLd
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American Attorney General (AG) William Barr and Mexican AG Alejandro Gertz Manero issued a joint statement saying this was done to demonstrate “… our united front against all forms of criminality…” However, as the New York Times reported, the real reason may have been threats by the Hispanic nation to oust DEA and other law enforcement agents, jeopardizing long-term American investigations.
The hope is that prosecutors in his native country will use the information given to them by the DOJ to prosecute their own criminal case against the general. But at this time no one, not even the alleged drug dealer, knows what will happen.
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