US To Allow Some Drug Prosecutions In Mexico

New Mexico – Mexican drug suspects arrested at the border can now be prosecuted in the U.S. or Mexico.

That's the word from John Morton, assistant secretary of Homeland Security for U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement. He told a congressional subcommittee in Washington on Wednesday that a new program allows drug cases involving Mexican nationals arrested at U.S. border crossings to be prosecuted in Mexico if federal prosecutors here opt not to take the case.

The Illegal Drug Program doesn't apply to U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. More details of the program will be announced Thursday.

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