US drops case against ex-Mexican general after pressure

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Posted at 10:04 AM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 21:44:54-05

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. prosecutors have formally dropped a drug trafficking and money laundering case against a former Mexican defense secretary. It's a stunning reversal that came after a pressure campaign from Mexico. One American official said Mexico threatened to expel the Drug Enforcement Administration's regional director and agents unless the U.S. dropped the case. But it was not immediately clear what other pressure Mexico was applying. The official requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the case.  The action came after Mexico acknowledged making veiled threats to cut off cooperation unless the general was sent home.