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Mexico can effectively fight drugs, report says

May 6, 1997
Web posted at: 9:47 p.m. EDT (0147 GMT)

MEXICO CITY (CNN) -- A joint U.S.-Mexican report on illegal drugs released Tuesday says the Mexican government has "the capacity to act effectively" against drug trafficking.

The document, signed by President Clinton's top drug-fighter, Gen. Barry McCaffrey, comes just days after Mexico announced it is re-building its corruption-riddled anti-drug agency, and two months after Mexico's top drug-fighter Gen. Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo was fired after allegations he aiding drug traffickers.

The "Bi-National Drug Threat Assessment" avoids harsh accusations, saying both the United States and Mexico are to blame for the continued flow of illegal drugs.

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