Brooklyn federal judge drops charges against Mexico's former top defense official

NEW YORK — A Brooklyn federal judge agreed Wednesday to dismiss narcotics trafficking charges against Mexico’s former defense secretary and send him back to his home country — a stunning about-face a mere month after the ex-official was arrested.The decision came a day after the Department of Justice suddenly announced they were dropping the drug cartel case against Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda and handing him over to Mexican authorities.Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District Seth Ducharme said Wednesday that “the office stands behind the case” against the former top defense official, but…

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