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U.S. Dropping Drug Charges Against Mexico’s Ex-Defense Chief

  • Attorney General Barr wants Mexico to take over investigation
  • Mexico prosecutors say U.S. passed them evidence in the case
Salvador Cienfuegos speaks in Mexico City, Mexico, in 2014. 

Salvador Cienfuegos speaks in Mexico City, Mexico, in 2014. 

Photographer: Shannon Stapleton-Pool/Getty Images

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U.S. Attorney General William Barr said he’ll seek the dismissal of drug-trafficking charges against Mexico’s former defense minister so that the nation’s prosecutors can investigate him in his home country.

U.S. prosecutors will share evidence with Mexico to support their investigation against the former minister, General Salvador Cienfuegos, according to a joint statement from both countries.