Mexico’s former defense minister arrived back in the country Wednesday night after a U.S. judge dismissed drug-trafficking and corruption charges against him at the request of U.S. prosecutors, who said the unusual move was motivated by foreign-policy concerns and driven by Attorney General William Barr.

The decision to drop charges against Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, who had been accused of taking bribes in exchange for protecting cartel leaders, came after Mexico threatened to cut off cooperation with U.S. authorities unless…

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