- William Barr and his Mexican counterpart, Alejandro Gertz Manero, said that the U.S. would ask a judge to dismiss the case.
- Barr said that the international consequences and problems that the prosecution of Cienfuegos had, was not worth ruining Mexico cooperation in other cases.
Mexico (SK) — There has been a turn in the case that has made Mexican authorities furious: Attorney General William Barr and his Mexican equivalent Alejandro Gertz Manero announced that the U.S. Justice Department would ask a judge to dismiss the case against former Defense Secretary General Cienfuegos.
Barr said that the international consequences and problems that the prosecution of Cienfuegos had, was not worth ruining Mexico cooperation in other cases.
“In recognition of the strong law enforcement partnership between Mexico and the United States, and in the interests of demonstrating our united front against all forms of criminality, the U.S. Department of Justice has made the decision to seek dismissal of the U.S. criminal charges against former Secretary Cienfuegos. You have one of the main protectors of drug trafficking, corruption and violence in Mexico and he's going to get kicked across the line, and his chances of being prosecuted in Mexico are slim to none” said Mike Vigil, a former Drug Enforcement Administration official.
He suggested that the Trump administration was rewarding Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador for his cooperation on matter such as helping defeating U.S. bound migrants.
Cienfuegos was accused of helping a Mexican drug cartel smuggle “thousands of kilograms of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana” into the United States, according to court documents. American prosecutors used informers in many cases regarding Mexican cartels in order to incriminate Mexican official of high rank.
Barr and Manero made the statement Tuesday evening, stating all U.S. charges against Cienfuegos have been dismissed “so that he may be investigated and, if appropriate, charged under Mexican law”.