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How an anti-drug operation in Mexico became the story of an American kidnapping

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Over the past two weeks, Mexican and U.S. authorities have reported in dribs and drabs the results of a joint anti-drug operation, which began with a focus on opiate trafficking and ended with the release of a U.S. citizen who had been held captive for a year in Sinaloa.

According to U.S. authorities, suspected Mexican criminals kidnapped the individual in January 2020. In a statement released Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice expressed "relief" at the hostage's release. It noted that agents removed more than $1 million worth of heroin . . .

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