US drops federal charges against former Mexican defence secretary

A US federal judge has dismissed drug charges against Mexico’s former military chief. The dismissal appears to have been the result of negotiations between the two countries and means that Mexican courts will now be able to charge the former minister. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda was arrested at a US airport in October 2020 and charged with colluding with and accepting bribes from cartels to allow them to operate across Mexico between 2015 and 2017.